Citadel negligence enabled sexual abuse of boy, lawsuit claims
The father of an alleged victim of convicted child molester Louis “Skip” ReVille has filed suit against The Citadel claiming that the school failed to warn anyone about information it had indicating that ReVille was dangerous to youngsters.
ReVille assaulted the victim, who is now age 16, on more than one occasion as a result of The Citadel’s negligence, according to a copy of the suit filed Tuesday in Charleston County Court of Common Pleas.
ReVille has admitted to sexually assaulting the plaintiff multiple times, the suit states.
“The Citadel breached its duty, and was grossly negligent in making no disclosure of any type of information it knew in 2007 that ReVille was dangerous to children,” the suit states.
A spokesman for The Citadel could not be reached for comment Saturday night.
Last year, ReVille pled guilty to molesting 23 boys in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties over a decade’s time and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
The Citadel remained silent about ReVille until October of 2011, when he was arrested on charges of sexually abusing young boys, including the plaintiff, the suit states.
ReVille, a former coach, teacher, Bible group leader and foster parent, worked as a senior summer camp counselor at The Citadel from 2000 to 2004, the suit states .
In 2007, the father of an alleged victim reported to The Citadel incidents of sexual abuse by ReVille said to have happened in 2002. Instead of reporting ReVille to law enforcement, The Citadel chose to only share the reports of sexual abuse with its insurance carrier, according to the suit.
“Had The Citadel reported this information in 2007 or thereafter, the information would have controlled ReVille’s access to sexually assault other children, and prevented, or limited, ReVille’s sexual abuse of the Plaintiff John Doe,” the suit states.
He confessed to Citadel public safety officers in 2002 that he sexually abused children who attended the camp, and at that time he requested the help of The Citadel, according to the suit.
The suit requests a trial by jury, and damages to be determined by a jury. It seeks an injunction requiring The Citadel to report information it receives about childhood sexual abuse.