Foster child recalls time with ReVille

Louis ReVille

A foster child who lived with molester Louis “Skip” ReVille said he was treated very well until one night when the former coach put on a porn movie and began masturbating next to him on a couch.

The boy, then around 15, said he sat there uncomfortably for 45 minutes while ReVille pleasured himself. He didn’t know what to think, he said.

“It made me really uncomfortable,” said the teen, who spoke today on the condition of anonymity. “It was weird. I didn’t know if this was just something older guys did. I just knew I wasn’t going to do it too.”

The teen said he never discussed the incident with ReVille again and he avoided putting himself in any situations where he might be alone like that with ReVille. He had pushed the memory back in his mind until ReVille’s Oct. 28 arrest in Mount Pleasant on molestation charges.

The teen said ReVille never laid a hand on him. But the coach’s arrest got him thinking about ReVille’s penchant for hanging around young boys all the time. ReVille regularly held after-hours dodgeball sessions for boys at Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville and went out of his way to give boys rides to and from events, he said.

“These were really young boys — 12 to 13 years old,” the teen said. “He never seemed to be with adults.”

The teen said he planned to tell his story to investigators from the state Department of Social Services after the agency announced its intention to review ReVille’s activities with four foster boys who had been in his care between 2004 and 2006.

DSS made that announcement shortly after ReVille’s arrest, but the teen said he has yet to hear from anybody from the agency, even though they clearly know how to reach him. The teen decided today to go straight to Mount Pleasant police to tell his story instead.

“I want DSS to do the right thing and not sweep this under the rug,” he said. “There could be somebody else out there who needs help.”

Earlier this week, DSS spokesman Marilyn Matheus said her agency was working with police on the ReVille investigation, but she declined to discuss details. When told today of the teen’s comments, she said, “That’s not my understanding of what is happening, but he can say what he wants.”

She said privacy laws prevent her from saying more about the children in ReVille’s care or DSS’s attempts to reach them.

ReVille, 32, is charged with molesting five boys in Mount Pleasant, and Hanahan police have indicated at least six more counts are on the way. Other jurisdictions are also involved in the investigation, and authorities say more charges are expected.

ReVille worked as an educator and coach at a variety of institutions around the Lowcountry and was around hundreds of children over the past decade.

ReVille has provided written statements to police implicating himself in the incidents in which he is charged. He is said to be continuing to cooperate with police, and his attorney says he is very sorry for his actions.

The situation described by the foster teen is eerily similar to a 2002 incident described by a boy who attended The Citadel’s summer camp, where ReVille served as senior counselor. The camper reported to school officials in 2007 that ReVille held porn and masturbation sessions inside his room at the camp. The camper said he participated in one session but he knew of at least a half-dozen other boys who ReVille lured into his room as well.

The Citadel shelved the complaint after a brief internal investigation without reporting the allegations to police.

The foster child said he lived with ReVille in Summerville for several months after problems at home forced him into foster care. Another boy who was a Pinewood Prep student lived at the house as well for a time because his home was being remodeled, the teen said. He said he didn’t know of any allegations involving that boy.

The masturbation incident occurred at a home off Dorchester Road where ReVille stayed temporarily, the teen said. The teen said he wasn’t living with ReVille at the time. ReVille invited him to spend the night after they played basketball one day, he said.

“I was speechless when I heard about his arrest,” the teen said. “I thought he was a great guy.”

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