Lawyers put Pinewood Prep on notice

Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville is where Louis Neal 'Skip' ReVille worked as an English teacher and assistant coach, from 2002 to 2006.

Tyrone Walker

SUMMERVILLE -- A team of lawyers put Pinewood Preparatory School on notice Wednesday that it better not destroy any records of Louis "Skip" ReVille's tenure at the private academy.

The move came after Pinewood released a new, though limited, statement about ReVille's time at the school between 2002 and 2006. That is the admitted child molester's longest stint at any school in the area, but Pinewood Prep has had the least to say about his activities.

James Mann, chairman of Pinewood's school board, said in Wednesday's statement that ReVille worked as an English teacher at the school from August 2002 to May 2006. His annual contract was not renewed for the following year for "classroom instructional reasons," he said.

Mann also said that a background check conducted in April 2002 came back with no prior incidents or arrests.

"While Mr. ReVille was employed at Pinewood, the school administration received no notice of any incidents of sexual impropriety on the part of Mr. ReVille," Mann's statement read. "If requested, Pinewood will work in full cooperation with law enforcement officials. Our concern is for the children. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims who have been affected."

Asked by a reporter if the school has received notice of any incidents of inappropriate behavior by ReVille since he left Pinewood, a school spokesman declined comment.

Pinewood's written statement was issued one day after a Post and Courier reporter visited the school in search of answers. Officials refused to discuss ReVille and escorted the reporter off of the property.

ReVille joined Pinewood after graduating from The Citadel in 2002, the same year he allegedly had a porn and masturbation session with a 14-year-old boy at the military college's summer camp.

Pinewood Prep, a school of 800 students founded in 1952, serves children from preschool to grade 12.

Two former Pinewood Prep employees have told The Post and Courier that while ReVille was officially let go for academic reasons, there was widespread suspicion about his penchant for spending large amounts of time with young boys attending the school.

Shortly after Pinewood issued its statement, attorneys for five victims in the ReVille case put the school on notice that it must preserve all documents related to his employment there and cannot destroy records without a court order.

"It is critical to these families that all records in your possession that in any manner reference Mr. ReVille are preserved," wrote attorney Allan P. Sloan III. "If you do not agree to comply with this request please let me know immediately so that legal action can be taken to preserve the documents and data."

Sloan's firm is representing the victims along with fellow Charleston attorney Gregg Meyers, who also was involved in the case of infamous predator Eddie Fischer, who molested more than 40 students during a four-decade teaching career in the Charleston area. He was arrested in 1997.

Among other things, the attorneys are seeking ReVille's applications for employment, background checks on him, job reviews, complaints about him and school guidelines for staff interacting with children off school grounds.

The lawyers would not comment further on the matter or say whether the students they represent attended Pinewood.