Pinewood Preparatory School failed to notify police when a parent accused teacher Louis "Skip" ReVille of improperly touching students he was tutoring on campus in 2004, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
A former student of ReVille's filed the lawsuit against Pinewood, former headmaster Glyn Cowlishaw and guidance counselor Brendan Diffley, alleging that they failed to protect him against ReVille's abuse.
The lawsuit, filed in Dorchester County, marks the second case brought against Pinewood in connection with ReVille, who worked as a teacher and coach at the Summerville private school between 2002 and 2006. Another former student filed a similar case last month. Both victims are represented by the Motley Rice law firm.
Pinewood officials had no comment on the latest suit, though they and Cowlishaw have insisted the school had no complaints or knowledge that ReVille was engaged in sexual abuse at the time.
The victim in the latest suit, identified as "John Doe 2," was 12 years old when the alleged abuse began in August 2003. ReVille was the boy's English teacher and tutored him after school in his classroom. During those sessions, ReVille allegedly touched the boy's groin on several occasions and fondled at least two other boys as well, the lawsuit states.
A parent reportedly brought this to the attention of Pinewood, Cowlishaw and Diffley but they didn't investigate the complaint or report it to police, as required by law, the lawsuit states.
During this time, the victim also visited ReVille's home, where the admitted molester showed him pornography, masturbated in front of him and exposed him to "sexually abusive behavior," the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit also accuses Cowlishaw of working to cover up a 2007 incident of sexual abuse involving a Pinewood student. That incident did not involve ReVille, the suit states.
Motley Rice attorneys David Hoyle and Laura Khare would not divulge further details about the 2007 incident.
The suit alleges that Pinewood and Cowlishaw were negligent in their hiring and supervision of ReVille. The lawsuit also alleges that the three defendants engaged in a conspiracy of silence by failing to notify law enforcement and by taking steps to keep others from alerting police.
"Based on new evidence, we believe these mandatory reporters at Pinewood missed opportunities to stop this predator," Hoyle said. "We want this lawsuit to serve as a reminder to all mandatory reporters -- teachers, school counselors, and principals, among others -- that they must follow the law and protect the children in their care."
Alice Paylor, the school's attorney, said she was still reviewing the suit and had no immediate comment. School officials have called the previous lawsuit filed by Motley Rice meritless and based on unfounded allegations.
ReVille, 32, held multiple teaching, coaching and volunteer positions in the Charleston area. He was arrested on Oct. 28 in Mount Pleasant and stands accused of molesting nine boys in that town. Police in Hanahan, Summerville and Charleston also are investigating ReVille's actions, and authorities have indicated more charges are on the way.
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