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Citadel asks court to dismiss abuse complaint

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By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Citadel wants a federal judge to dismiss a complaint alleging it knew one of its counselors was abusing summer campers in the mid-1990s but did not fire him or stop the abuse.

The Citadel says in papers filed this week the statute of limitations has expired on allegations against the school.

Last month, a now-25-year-old alleged victim sued The Citadel, saying he was abused on 21 different occasions by Michael Arpaio.

The Citadel closed its summer camp in 2005 after reaching a nearly $4 million settlement with five campers who said the former Marine captain abused them between 1995 and 2001.

The former camper says people at The Citadel knew about the activity but did not stop it. School attorneys have said they would defend against the accusations.

 

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