New lawsuit alleges The Citadel 'failed to warn' about ReVille

Published: Aug. 17, 2013 at 6:33 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new lawsuit filed against The Citadel claims the college's failure to warn the public about allegations of child sexual assault by Louis "Skip" ReVille made in 2007 allowed for the future sexual assault of one of his victims.

The lawsuit was filed on August 13 by the parent of a child, listed as John Doe, who was sexually assaulted by ReVille. ReVille pleaded guilty to 22 counts of child molestation against more than 20 victims in the Tri-county area back in June 2012.

ReVille, a Citadel cadet from 1998-2002, served as a camp counselor at The Citadel Summer Camp from 2000-2004, reports state.

The lawsuit states The Citadel was advised in April 2007 that a young boy was sexually abused by ReVille while attending the camp in 2002. The victim and a fellow camper were invited into ReVille's dorm room, where ReVille showed them pornographic videos and coerced them into engaging in mutual masturbation.

The victim and his parents were told "The Citadel would investigate the allegations of ReVille's sexual abuse and report him to the proper authorities," the lawsuit states.

According to the lawsuit, The Citadel remained silent about the allegations against ReVille until he was arrested in October of 2011 and charged with sexually abusing young boys.

According to the lawsuit, it was also revealed that ReVille confessed to officers of The Citadel Public Safety in 2002 "that he sexually abused children attending The Camp and requested the help of The Citadel."

The lawsuit states The Citadel failed to report ReVille to SLED after he confessed in 2002 to sexually abusing children.

According to The Citadel's president, John W. Rosa, it is the college's policy for officers of The Citadel Public Safety to report all criminal offences to SLED.

The lawsuit claims The Citadel "failed to warn anyone about what it knew that indicated ReVille was dangerous to children," and that "John Doe was sexually assaulted by Louis ReVille on more than one occasion as a proximate result of the gross negligence of The Citadel and its failure to warn about Louis ReVille."

It goes on to allege that had The Citadel alerted the public about ReVille following the April 2007 meeting with one of his victims, "ReVille could have been arrested for sexual misconduct with children, or employers could have been alerted to the need for heightened supervision of ReVille, or parents could have made informed judgments about exposing their child to ReVille."

Due to the failure to warn, along with the severe emotional distress experienced by the plaintiff and his family, the plaintiff if suing The Citadel for damages to be determined by a jury, and injunctive relief to be ordered by the court.

Live 5 News has not yet heard back from The Citadel regarding a request for comment on this new lawsuit.

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