The Citadel investigation of its handling of a complaint about child molester Louis “Skip” ReVille was inadequate, but it did not engage in a conspiracy to keep it from the public, according to an independent review the military college released today.
The investigation into the 2007 complaint, while well-intentioned, was insufficient because it was conducted only by the school’s lawyer, Mark Brandenburg, “a single administrative staff member operating in a vacuum of policy and procedure.” according to the report’s executive summary.
The school released the report at a news conference this afternoon in the Holliday Alumni Center.
Columbia attorney Joe McCulloch, who served 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, was present at the release.
Ann Franke of Wise Results LLC, who represents the other review firm, participated by teleconference.
Doug Snyder, chairman of The Citadel’s Board of Visitors, also attended.
Panelists at the news conference said the college should have taken a multidisciplinary approach, bringing in more campus experts to decide how best to handle the allegation.
McCulloch said that he thinks school leaders today would report a similar allegation to law enforcement officials.
But he and the reviewers said that the situation with which the school was faced was complicated because the incident had happened five years earlier and the victim had reached adulthood.
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.
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