State investigators have found no evidence Pinewood Preparatory School officials breached their duty by failing to report that former teacher Louis “Skip” ReVille was molesting students at the school, 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe said today.
Pascoe said he won’t seek criminal charges against officials at the elite private school in Summerville after reviewing a thorough investigation by State Law Enforcement Division agents.
“There is no credible evidence whatsoever that anyone at Pinewood Prep had knowledge that Skip ReVille was secretly abusing children and, therefore, should have reported it,” he said.
ReVille, who is now serving a 50-year prison for molesting 23 boys around the Lowcountry, sought to cast blame on others, including Pinewood, after his arrest in 2011, Pascoe said.
ReVille told investigators former headmaster Glyn Cowlishaw confronted and reprimanded him about inappropriate sexual activity between him and a minor child. But Cowlishaw maintained he confronted ReVille about “inappropriate social behavior,” including being too friendly with a student and spending too much time outside of class with the boy, Pascoe said.
Pascoe said school records and other statements obtained by SLED support Cowlishaw’s account of the episode.
Cowlishaw and the then-head of Pinewood’s English department, Amy Huddock, told investigators ReVille was reprimanded for matters associated with his teaching style, performance and his failure to return graded material to students in a timely manner, Pascoe said.
ReVille, who was hired as an English teacher in 2002, left Pinewood in May 2006 after his contract was not renewed. He then cycled through nearly a dozen coaching, teaching and church posts throughout the region, picking up new victims along the way.
Two former Pinewood students are suing the school and its officials for negligence, alleging they failed to protect the boys from ReVille’s advances.
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