Citadel to release report on ReVille investigation today
The Citadel’s Board of Visitors today will release the long-awaited results of an independent review of its handling of a complaint about child molester Skip ReVille.
The report will be released at 12:15 p.m. in the Holliday Alumni Center, according to a news release from the military college.
Columbia attorney Joe McCulloch, who serves as a liaison between the board and the independent review team, and reviewer Gary Margolis of Margolis, Healy & Associates, one of two reviewers that produced the report, will be present at the release.
Ann Franke of Wise Results LLC, who represents the other review firm, will participate in the briefing by teleconference.
Doug Snyder, chairman of The Citadel’s Board of Visitors, also will attend.
The school launched the review in August. It examined the decision-making process that occurred in 2007 after a teen accused ReVille of watching porn and masturbating with young boys at The Citadel’s summer camp five years earlier.
The school closed the matter without notifying police, following an internal investigation that yielded no action.
ReVille, a Citadel graduate and one of the camp’s counselors, went on to molest a number of boys. He is serving a 50-year prison term after he pleaded guilty in June to molesting 23 boys in the Charleston area.
The State Law Enforcement Division determined there was no criminal wrongdoing on The Citadel’s part.
But several lawsuits have been filed against the school over its handling of the ReVille case, with victims alleging that the school shirked its duty to report his crimes and allowed him to continue molesting.
The Citadel has insisted that is not the case, and that it had no inkling of illegal behavior on ReVille’s part.
Charleston attorney Mullins McLeod, who is representing several former campers suing The Citadel, said he could not comment until after he sees the report.
McCulloch has estimated the report will cost up to $364,000. Money will come from The Citadel Trust, not state appropriations, he said.
Snyder has said the report process first was delayed by criminal investigations over which the school had no control. It was then further delayed when the board determined that one of the original two review firms simply was too expensive. The board had to replace that firm, a move that delayed the results about three months.
Citadel officials said the report will be available online after 1:15 p.m. at citadel.edu.