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Lawsuit claims Citadel president, others buried truth about ReVille

Attorney Mullins McLeod announcing six lawsuits against The Citadel involving accused child sex predator Louis "Skip" ReVille. Attorney Mullins McLeod announcing six lawsuits against The Citadel involving accused child sex predator Louis "Skip" ReVille.
Citadel President Gen. John Rosa, left, is facing several lawsuits involving accused child sex predator Louis "Skip" ReVille, right. Citadel President Gen. John Rosa, left, is facing several lawsuits involving accused child sex predator Louis "Skip" ReVille, right.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A Charleston attorney filed six new lawsuits against The Citadel on behalf of three victims who were allegedly abused by accused child sex predator Louis "Skip" ReVille. The accusers are one former camper of ReVille's at The Citadel in 2002 and two other boys.

During a press conference Monday, attorney Mullins McLeod said that ReVille had confessed to The Citadel Public Safety Department that he was a pedophile, but officials never reported it. McLeod said that department officials should have reported the alleged abuse.

One of the lawsuits names Citadel President Gen. John Rosa as a defendant and alleges he concealed what he knew about ReVille involving a sexual abuse case. The victim in the lawsuit said ReVille told him that he would buy new wheels for his skateboard as a birthday gift if he carried out a sexual performance.   

On several occasions, according to the lawsuit, ReVille played "Truth or Dare" with the victim and forced him to do sexual performances while ReVille played homosexual pornography. The lawsuit further states that Rosa was in the "best position to prevent ReVille's sexual abuse of additional children. "

The suit states that after Rosa and other Citadel employees learned of the 2007 abuse, ReVille was fired as a faculty member; two months before his employment contract expired. According to the lawsuit, Rosa and other Citadel employees conspired to conceal the reasons for ReVille's exit from the military school and listed the reason for his departure as a "mutually satisfactory release."

Another lawsuit alleges that ReVille gave his victim and other boys nicknames based on genitals and required them to perform sexual acts to join his fraternity that he named "The Killers." The victim in the lawsuit said he was sexually abused more than 100 times over the course of 18 months.

A third lawsuit states that ReVille confessed to officers of The Citadel Public Safety Department in 2002 that he had sexually abused children attending the summer camp and requested help from The Citadel. According to the lawsuit, the department failed to report ReVille to SLED and violated its own internal policies. The victim in the lawsuit said he was sexually abused by ReVilled in a dorm room during the summer of 2002.

ReVille is accused of molesting 15 boys in Charleston County over the last 12 years.  Additional indictments from Dorchester County and Berkeley County involving another 7 boys are expected to surface in the near future.

More than 10 years ago, police warned The Citadel about what they call "questionable behavior" between counselors and campers at the school's summer camp.

Sgt. Dale Middleton with the Charleston Police Department wrote to the school's commandant in Aug. 2001, telling him that counselors discussed sex around campers and some young campers were sharing a bed with counselors.

One year after Middleton's letter, counselor ReVille reportedly had young boys in his dorm room to watch pornographic videos.

Rosa has already admitted the school should have done more when a camper complained in 2007 that ReVille had molested him several years earlier.

Dawes Cook, attorney for The Citadel, claimed the latest allegations are false.

He said Louis "Skip" Reville never confessed to one of the college's public safety officers that he was a pedophile. 

He said the suit misrepresents the circumstances regarding the 2007 "firing" of Skip ReVille, "He was a tutor at the writing center. This is an important point. It was a temporary position. He had already announced his resignation of the job at the time that the allegations were made about him in 2007. Contrary to the inference, he was not terminated at the Citadel because of that. He had already made arrangements to leave that job."

He also said he'd never heard of the fraternity "The Killers" and denied General Rosa ever offered alleged victims "hush money."

A mother has already sued The Citadel, alleging that her son would not have been abused later by ReVille had the military college reported him to police. ReVille's attorney has said his client is sorry for the pain he's caused.

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