The recent Penn State University sex molestation scandal is not the only one making news. Closer to home at The Citadel a similar story has erupted, leaving five families devastated.
Former Citadel camp counselor and coach, 32-year-old Louis ReVille, has admitted to sexually assaulting five teenage boys in 2002. When the military school in Charleston first found out about the crimes in 2007, they did not contact police immediately.
Now that the molestation from years ago has finally been revealed to the victims’ families, those families are saying more should have been done on the school’s part.
At a Monday press conference, Attorney Mullins McLeod said the families were distraught to find out in this way, “The impact that the original molestation had on this family, and then the news that they got within the last two weeks, has been devastating,” says McLeod.
McLeod went on to discuss the importance of reporting this type of situation.
“By reporting this incident to law enforcement, they don’t give up the family’s privacy. Privacy and enforcement are not mutually exclusive goals,” says MacLeod
According to ABC News, Citadel President John Rosa says the school should have handled the situation differently and investigated further. He says the school has hired an outside company to review its procedures and how to improve standards for the future.