In the wake of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University, the president of The Citadel military college in Charleston, S.C., revealed Monmday that a similar accusation was made against a camp counselor in 2007 and apologized for not taking any legal action.
Speaking at a press conference Monday, The Citadel's president, Lt. Gen. John Rosa, apologized for not reporting the allegations to law enforcement. According to him, the SC state military college lost public trust by not pursuing the allegation aggressively.
We're sorry that we didn't pursue it more, CNN quoted Rosa as saying. We acted on what we thought was our best information ... We did not pursue it enough.
Rosa revealed that in 2007, the college investigated accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with children by Louis Neal Skip ReVille, who was a counselor at the military school's camp. A graduate of The Citadel, ReVille worked as a counselor at the school's camp for three summers between 2001 and 2003.
In 2007, a teenage camper informed the school that five years earlier, when he was 14, ReVille called him and another boy into his room where the three watched pornography on ReVille's computer and masturbated.
The individuals stated they watched pornography on Mr. ReVille's computer, Citadel officials said in a statement over the weekend, referring to the victim's account. They did not touch each other, but they engaged in sexual activity.
Considering the seriousness of the accusation, The Citadel's general counsel conducted an investigation immediately that included traveling to the individual and his family and conducting an interview.
A thorough review of Mr. ReVille's records revealed no other complaints, and interviews indicated that he was highly regarded by those at camp, a statement issued by the college stated. His file included a clean background check conducted by an outside organization. Unlike his admissions to current charges, Mr. ReVille strongly denied the accusation.
ReVille, now 32, was arrested late last month on at least six charges, including three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of lewd act on a minor, according to Mount Pleasant, S.C., police. He is in jail on a $1 million bond.
Mr. ReVille is responsible for what happened to other victims, Rosa said. But I can tell you by not doing enough we played a critical role.
Regardless of whether the law said we were supposed to report or not, we should have reported this. We should have taken more action, the Associated Press quoted Rosa.
The Citadel story has gained national attention in the wake of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions, was charged on Nov. 5 with sexually abusing eight young boys over a period of nearly 15 years.
The scandal has led to the ouster of some of Penn State's biggest names, including the school's president, its athletic director and its legendary head football coach, Joe Paterno.