ReVille Accuser Suing Citadel
Woman whose child was allegedly molested in 2007 and 2008 blames college for not acting sooner.
The mother of a young man who was allegedly molested by Louis "Skip" ReVille in 2007 and 2008, is suing the Citadel for not acting on reports of ReVille's abuse.
"The Citadel failed to warn anyone about what it knew that indicated ReVille was dangerous to children," the complaint reads. "The Citadel failed to warn anyone … that ReVille had a sexual interest in children."
Patch has contacted the college for comment.
The Citadel has admitted that it did not go to police in 2007 when a former summer camper told school officials he had been molested in 2002 while ReVille was a cadet and summer camp leader. ReVille has since been implicated in nearly a dozen instances of child sexual misconduct.
The school in 2007 dispatched an attorney to interview the accuser and his parents, but the subject of the conversation centered around financial compensation.
Though the school's attorney wrote in internal emails that he found the claims believable, the accusations were not reported to police. Last month, Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said the school has now turned the case over to Charleston police.
The lawsuit, which was filed today, blames the state military college for the 2007 and 2008 abuse, even though the alleged victim didn't meet ReVille at the college or attend one of its summer camps.
"The Citadel officials acted in a reckless and grossly negligent manner … and failed, on hundreds of occasions between 2007 and 2011, to make any report by ReVille," the suit states.
The victim met ReVille in 2007 while training at a Mount Pleasant personal training facility. The plaintiff is identified as "Mother Doe" in the suit and the victim is identified only as having been under 16 when he met ReVille. ReVille has apparently admitted to assaulting the young man in 2007 and 2008, the lawsuit states.
"Had The Citadel reported its information in 2007 or 2008, the information would have controlled ReVille's access to sexually assault other children and would have prevented, or limited, ReVille's sexual abuse of Plaintiff's child," the lawsuit states.
Charleston attorney Gregg Meyers, who litigated claims in the infamous Porter-Gaud sexual abuse case in the 1990s, is representing the mother and her son along with noted Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson, who specializes in child sexual abuse lawsuits.
The suit also faults the college for not having proper training for employees, staff and agents about reporting sex abuse allegations. The mother is seeking a jury trial for unspecified compensation damages caused by ReVille's alleged abuse.
ReVille, a married father of three and a former private school administrator, has been charged criminally in a sweeping child sex abuse case that spans three police jurisdictions.
Roughly a dozen victims have come forward, though trial attorneys claim 30 or so may eventually bring cases. ReVille is being held on $1 million in bond and has reportedly admitted to many of the allegations.