On the heels of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal another big-name school, South Carolina’s The Citadel, has admitted that it once “investigated accusations against a camp counselor but took no action,” the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.
“The man has since been arrested on separate charges of molesting five boys in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, near Charleston,” according to news reports. The school said it was coming clean about the incident now because of what’s going on at Penn State. The military college had investigated “four accusations of inappropriate conduct with children against Louis Neal “Skip” ReVille, who was a counselor at the military school’s camp.” ReVille worked there for three summers, 2001-2003, and was himself a graduate of the school.
“In 2007, a former camper told the school that five years earlier, when he was 14, he and another boy were invited by ReVille into his room where the three watched pornography on ReVille’s computer and masturbated, college officials said.”
The school investigated immediately,”including traveling to the individual and his family and conducting an interview,” the statement said. They had no other complaints, he was highly regarded at the camp, he had a clean background checked and denied the accusation.
ReVille was arrested in October on separate child molestation charges.
“We regret that we did not pursue this matter further,” Citadel's president, retired Lt. Gen. John Rosa, and Board of Visitors Chairman Douglas Snyder said in a statement.
Let’s just hope bad news isn’t going to come in threes.