Two new lawsuits say The Citadel covered up Skip ReVille’s sex abuse

Two new lawsuits accuse The Citadel of failing to stop Louis “Skip” ReVille, a former counselor at the school’s now-defunct summer camp, who pleaded guilty in 2012 to molesting dozens of boys at The Citadel and elsewhere.

Two new plaintiffs have filed lawsuits claiming that The Citadel “chose to conceal” the sexual misconduct of serial child molester Skip ReVille before he preyed on them in the late 2000s.

ReVille served as a counselor at the public military school’s now-defunct summer camp before going on to work with students as a coach and teacher at various athletic programs and schools in Summerville and Mount Pleasant. He pleaded guilty in June 2012 to molesting 23 boys over the course of a decade, although a circuit solicitor said the actual victim count may have been closer to 35.

“As a proximate result of The Citadel’s gross negligence and reckless indifference to the safety and well-being of others in failing to warn or report ReVille, the Plaintiff was sexually assaulted by ReVille on multiple occasions,” read both lawsuits, which are largely similar and were both filed in a Charleston County court Monday.

Both plaintiffs are currently under the age of 19, according to the lawsuits, which refer to the plaintiffs as John Doe C and John Doe D to protect their anonymity. Both received “athletic supervision” from ReVille in Mount Pleasant at some point after a former Citadel camper brought accusations about ReVille’s sexual misconduct to the school in the summer of 2007.

The school conducted an internal investigation after receiving the allegation in 2007 and eventually sought to give a $20,000 settlement to the camper’s family, but it did not hand the case over to law enforcement.

The new lawsuits come shortly after a federal judge dismissed two similar lawsuits in February that named Citadel leaders including President Lt. Gen. John Rosa and school attorney Mark Brandenburg as defendants. The plaintiffs in those suits, John Doe A of North Carolina and John Doe 4 of Dorchester County, said they took tennis and swimming lessons from ReVille and accused the school of “covering up” prior allegations about him.

In dismissing the lawsuits, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel agreed with a previous appellate court decision regarding similar lawsuits that found Rosa’s conduct amounted to inaction, not action.

“The 4th Circuit did not ignore what it characterized as bad decisions,” Gergel said at the time. “Notwithstanding that, there’s not a constitutional claim here.”

Attorney Dawes Cooke, who represents The Citadel in the new lawsuits, gave the following response: “The Citadel family extends its deepest sympathy to all of Mr. ReVille’s victims. However, The Citadel has consistently declined to comment on the merits of these lawsuits except to say that it denies the material allegations of the Complaints and intends to vigorously defend the suits.”

Attorney Gregg Meyers, who represents both plaintiffs in the new lawsuits, was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

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