A former Citadel summer camper has sued the school’s attorney Mark Brandenburg for allegedly conspiring to conceal a 2007 complaint about child molester Louis “Skip” ReVille.
The lawsuit comes in the wake of the military college’s release Friday of the results of an independent review on its handling of a 2007 complaint against ReVille by a former camper at its defunct summer camp. The report concluded that the school’s investigation into the complaint, while well-intentioned, was insufficient because it was conducted only by Brandenburg, the school’s lawyer. Brandenburg was “a single administrative staff member operating in a vacuum of policy and procedure.”
Mullins McLeod, an attorney who represents four former campers suing The Citadel and its president Lt. Gen. John Rosa over their handling of ReVille, filed the lawsuit in federal court Monday. He refused to comment on it Monday evening.
The suit, brought by one of ReVille’s alleged victims, alleges that Brandenburg and other employees and staffers at The Citadel conspired to conceal the 2007 complaint by a teen who accused former camp counselor ReVille of watching porn and masturbating with young boys at the school’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, 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 that there was no criminal wrongdoing on The Citadel’s part.
The latest lawsuit alleges that Brandenburg, a 1990 graduate of the school, conspired to conceal the complaint to avoid the negative publicity and lawsuits that the sexual abuse of young children by a Citadel employee would bring.
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