Rosa vows to continue to lead The Citadel

Citadel President John Rosa answers questions from the media Monday afternoon.

Brad Nettles

Citadel President John Rosa apologized again this afternoon for his school's handling of a complaint about accused molester Louis "Skip" ReVille and encouraged cadets to contact police if they have information about the case.

Speaking before some 2,200 cadets in McAlister Field House, Rosa said he and the school's governing board tried to make the best decisions they could regarding a 2007 complaint from a teen who accused of ReVille of watching porn and masturbating with boys at the school's summer camp.

The school opted to conduct its own investigation into the allegations and never reported the matter to police. The school's investigation was shelved after an in-house attorney said he was unable to corroborate the boy's story. ReVille went on to teach and coach around the Lowcountry. He is now charged with molesting at least five boys.

"I made a decision in good faith based on the information I had," Rosa told the cadets. "We should have done more. We know that."

Rosa told the crowd that all documents from the case have been turned over to Charleston police to investigate. He urged any cadets who attended camps with ReVille to contact police if they have any information that could aid the investigation.

Rosa also briefed cadets on the status of Joshua Edwards, a cadet who disappeared last week. Friends found information on a computer suggesting the 21-year-old chemistry major from Greer was "upset and distraught," Rosa said.

A large search failed to find Edwards. His family has now requested that a memorial service be held for him on Thursday. The school will comply with that request, Rosa said.

He urged cadets to seek help if they are having trouble dealing with Edwards' disappearance or the ReVille case. He also asked cadets to look out for one another during this difficult time.

"We are going through some trying times," he said. "But trying times define an organization and trying times define leaders who lead organizations. I will continue to lead this organization in the best way I know how."


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