By refusing to release information about one of its tarnished graduates and former camp counselors, The Citadel is doing more than ignoring the law. It is unfairly provoking some people to think the worst of the school, its staff and its summer camp. Four years ago, a former camper lodged a complaint accusing Louis "Skip" ReVille of inappropriate behavior in 2002. That incident, and how The Citadel dealt with it, are of heightened public interest now that Mr. ReVille has been charged with molesting five boys he coached. He already has provided written statements admitting to performing sexual acts on three of the boys. Police indicate there could be more charges. Citadel officials have said that they are cooperating with the Mount Pleasant Police Department in not releasing the related documents for public review. But according to the department, the police did not make any such request. So far, school officials say the complaint wasn't related to physical contact, but have otherwise refused to provide specifics. That can only lead the public to wonder if The Citadel, a state college, swept something under the rug. And, if so, why. After 2002, Mr. ReVille worked as a coach and educator in local private schools, churches and recreation programs. It is disingenuous for officials to contend that they are withholding information "out of deference to the family," as a Citadel spokesperson said initially. The Post and Courier, which filed a Freedom of Information request Monday, does not publish the names of victims of sexual crimes without their permission. And it also is misleading to indicate that information about the 2002 incident might somehow spoil the ongoing investigation. The Citadel advertises itself as "achieving excellence in the education of principled leaders." And indeed, Citadel graduates have contributed significantly to the well-being of the Lowcountry and the state. But if the school wants to produce "principled leaders," it should demonstrate principled leadership -- beginning with producing information that the public should know about an admitted child molester, and how The Citadel handled a 2002 accusation against him.