ReVille in protective custody in prison

Circuit Judge Markley Dennis sentenced Skip ReVille to 50 years in prison.

Convicted child molester Louis “Skip” ReVille is alone in a prison cell. He doesn’t eat with other inmates. Other than the guards and visitors he receives, he rarely interacts with many people.

ReVille, 33, will remain at the maximum-security Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, according to Clark Newsom, S.C. Department of Corrections spokesman.

Following his June 13 sentencing, the Mount Pleasant man was evaluated by prison officials to determine where he would be permanently housed. The first stop for inmates following sentencing is usually Kirkland before they’re assigned to another facility.

Due to concerns for his safety, prison officials chose to keep ReVille at Kirkland within the Department of Corrections’ protective custody unit. It houses inmates with special security concerns in a controlled environment, Newsom said.

ReVille is separated from the general population of inmates, about 256 of them, and even eats his meals in his single-person cell, according to Newsom. He’s not the only one with protection at the state prison’s unit. Twenty-seven other inmates also are housed in protective custody.

The state has no special facility for sex offenders, so ReVille could have ended up in the general inmate population, where child molesters exist at the bottom of the pecking order and often are targeted for violence and abuse, authorities have said.

ReVille pleaded guilty to molesting 23 boys in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. The boys ranged in age from 10 to 17. His crimes date back to 2002, when he began preying upon boys at his alma mater, The Citadel, during summer camp.

He cycled through nearly a dozen coaching, teaching and church posts throughout the region finding his victims. He admitted to having more than 40 victims, authorities have said.

ReVille had indicated that he wanted to be placed at Lieber prison in Ridgeville so he could continue receiving the mental health treatment he received from Dr. William Burke following his October 2011 arrest. Burke, whose practice is in Summerville, specializes in assessing and treating sex offenders.

During his sentencing, Circuit Judge Markley Dennis called the case a tragedy and admitted he had wrestled with the decision when he learned he would rule over the case.

“Part of me would like to put you where you couldn’t possibly see daylight again,” he said in court.

Dennis sentenced him to 50 years in prison. Prison officials couldn’t speculate whether ReVille will remain there during his entire sentence.

“He will stay there until they feel it’s safe to move him,” Newsom said.

He must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. He will be 74 years old when he is eligible for release in the year 2054. ReVille already has filed a motion for a judge to reconsider his sentence, according to court records.

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