Citadel leaders say they are following recommendations from a review of how the military college handled a complaint about child molester Louis “Skip” ReVille.
And they plan to have specific changes in place to make the campus a safer place by the time cadets return in August.
Tom Philipkosky, associate vice president for operations, made a presentation Friday on the school’s progress on the independent review’s recommendations to the Board of Visitors.
He said the changes on which a diverse team is working include better ways to:
Protect children on campus.
Continue and enhance training from Darkness to Light, a child sexual-abuse-prevention group.
Deal with sexual-assault complaints.
Internally communicate and govern.
Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa said following through on such issues is important. “We have to constantly keep this on our radar,” he said.
The review, which the military college released in April, was conducted by two firms, Margolis, Healy & Associates and Ann Franke of Wise Results LLC. It found that the school’s investigation was inadequate, but it also found that the college did not conspire to keep the allegations from the public.
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 that there was no criminal wrongdoing on The Citadel’s part.
Mullins McLeod, a lawyer representing four of ReVille’s victims, has said he thinks the school had policies in place that it didn’t follow. He also said the victims and their families are let down by the independent report because it fails to hold anybody at The Citadel accountable for the abuse they suffered.
The report recommended that The Citadel should revise its policy on the protection of minors, continue training on sexual abuse and appoint a half-time child-protection officer.
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