Documents just released by The Citadel showed the school hoped to avoid an outside criminal investigation into allegations against molester Louis "Skip" ReVille in 2007 by conducting its own internal review.
The military college previously handed over hundreds of pages of documents surrounding the complaint against ReVille in response to a Freedom of Information request from The Post and Courier. The school said that was it. But today, The Citadel revealed it had found another 47 pages of emails related to the incident at the school's former summer camp.
The documents show an effort by The Citadel's in-house attorney, Mark Brandenburg, to contact former counselors and others who might have information on a camper's complaint that ReVille had watched porn and masturbated with young boys while serving as the camp's senior counselor in 2002.
The emails, which went out shortly after the school received the complaint in the spring of 2007, also show Brandenburg hoped to take care of the matter in-house, without involving outside authorities.
In one email to a party whose name has been redacted, Brandenburg points out that the camper has not reported the allegations to police or filed a civil lawsuit.
"Moreover, I am hopeful that, by conducting an investigation on behalf of the school, no ‘formal' investigation — criminal or civil — will occur," Brandenburg stated. "Of course, I cannot guarantee that, as I have no control over what the complainant does."
Brandenburg later traveled to Texas to interview the complainant and his family. The matter was then shelved with out police being notified.
ReVille went on to coach and teach around the Lowcountry for years. He is now accused of molesting nine boys in Mount Pleasant, and authorities have indicated more charges are on the way.
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