State Sen. Mike Rose, R-Summerville, is joining the call for stricter requirements to report child sexual abuse in the wake of the Citadel’s bungling of a 2007 complaint against molester Louis “Skip” ReVille.
Rose today said he intends to pre-file legislation in the Senate to require all adults to report child sexual abuse to authorities. Currently, South Carolina law requires only certain professions, including teachers, police and medical professionals, to report.
On Thursday, Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston, announced his intent to file similar legislation in the House. State Rep. Chip Limehouse, another Charleston Republican, also has voiced support for tightening up reporting requirements.
The Citadel has endured withering criticism this week after acknowledging that it mishandled a 2007 complain from a teen who accused ReVille of holding porn and masturbation sessions as a senior counselor at the military school’s summer camp.
ReVille went on to work with hundreds of children as a coach and educator before his arrest Oct. 28 in Mount Pleasant on molestation charges. He now stands accused of molesting five boys, and police have indicated more charges are on the way.
Rose said he has been busy researching the wording of statutes in 19 other states requiring all adults to report sex abuse of children to authorities, to determine how best to word similar legislation in South Carolina.
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