Counts against ReVille grow to 22
Louis "Skip" ReVille became one of the Lowcountry's most prolific molesters Tuesday as his tally of alleged victims rose to 22 amid a sweeping round of indictments that could land him in prison for more than 100 years.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced that a grand jury had indicted the former coach and teacher on 22 counts of molesting and/or showing pornographic material to 15 young boys in Charleston County.
Additional indictments against ReVille are expected in the next month in connection with six more victims in Dorchester County and another molested boy in Berkeley County, Wilson said.
Some of the Dorchester victims are former students of Pinewood Preparatory School, where ReVille taught from 2002 to 2006, she said.
Wilson also announced that The Citadel won't face criminal charges for failing to notify police about a 2007 complaint regarding ReVille holding porn and masturbation sessions at the school's summer camp five years before.
While the school recently acknowledged that it should have done more, Wilson said the college had no legal obligation to share that complaint with law enforcement.
Ten of the Charleston County victims were reportedly molested in the years after The Citadel did not pass along the 2007 complaint to police, according to the indictments.
Wilson said the state's reporting statute needs work to close loopholes that exist. Even now, she said, a coach has no duty under the law to report allegations of sexual misconduct.
"We certainly hope that even when people don't have a strict legal duty to report they would recognize a moral duty to report," she said.
Dawes Cooke, an attorney for The Citadel, had no direct comment to Wilson's decision to clear the school. He said the school "is encouraged by the progress of the investigation" and will continue to cooperate with investigators.
The college also encourages any other victims to come forward and share their stories with police, he said.
Wilson said the ReVille case could still grow. A few more victims, now in their 20s, have been located by investigators, but they opted against becoming part of the criminal prosecution, she said.
The well-traveled coach and educator was around hundreds of children over the past decade through his activities in public and private schools, churches, recreation programs and a summer camp.
His victims, most of whom were 11 to 14 years old, encountered him through these activities, in which he had a leadership role, Wilson said. His reach was such that prosecutors put together a chart just to keep track of his alleged crimes.
ReVille, a married father of three, is accused of fondling and performing oral sex on boys during encounters that took place in his home and car, authorities said. He also faces charges in connection with his sharing of pornography with campers at The Citadel in 2002.
He faces five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He also faces 12 counts of committing a lewd act on a minor, which each carry a 15-year maximum penalty.
And he was indicted on five counts of dissemination of obscene material to a person under 18, a maximum five-year offense on each count.
Wilson said she hopes to have the cases resolved by the end of June and will be prepared to go to trial then, if necessary.
ReVille has not been scheduled for a bond hearing on the new indictments. He has been locked up in the Charleston County jail since his October arrest in Mount Pleasant. His bail is set at more than a $1 million.
His attorney, Craig Jones, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. He has indicated on several occasions that his client is cooperating with investigators and is sorry for his actions.
Wilson praised the work of Mount Pleasant police and other investigators on an intense case, and she saluted the courage of the victims who cooperated with detectives.
The case differs from many similar investigations in that the victims reported the assaults while they -- and their alleged attacker -- were still young, Wilson said.
Often, victims struggle privately for years before coming forward. The prompt reporting of victims in this case helped stop a molester before his crimes escalated and he preyed on many others, she said.
"One of the fortunate things in this horrible situation is that these young boys cooperated with law enforcement relatively early on," Wilson said. "We're very grateful for the bravery of these young boys and for the support their families are giving them."
Also Tuesday, Pinewood Preparatory School blasted a former student's January lawsuit that alleges that the elite Summerville academy and its former headmaster, Glyn Cowlishaw, covered up molestation by ReVille. The school denied the claims, as it did with a similar lawsuit filed by another alumnus in December.
"As we've said before, these allegations and complaints are unfounded and without merit," James Mann, chairman of the school's board of trustees, said in a written statement.
The Motley Rice law firm, which represents both alumni, has insisted it has plenty of evidence to back up the allegations.
It was unclear Tuesday how the pending indictments against ReVille for allegedly molesting Pinewood students would affect the civil lawsuits.
Alice Paylor, attorney for Pinewood, said late Tuesday that she was unaware of these indictments and had no comment.
First Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe, whose office is handling the Dorchester County cases against ReVille, said he could not discuss specifics about the victims in those incidents. He plans to take his cases to a grand jury this month, he said.
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