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Report: Citadel probe of abuse complaint well-intentioned

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A report released Friday says the Citadel performed a "well-intentioned but inadequate investigation" in 2007 when claims of sexual misconduct regarding Louis "Skip" Reville came to life. The report is 100 pages long and several months in the making as the school hired outside experts to look into the 2007 investigation, and decide if all was done correctly.

The report released today does not place blame on The Citadel, reading that the 2007 handling of the claim was not an intentional cover-up but a "confluence of factors."

Dr. Gary Margolis of Margolis Healy firm was one of the experts hired. In a Friday press conference to detail the findings he said, "Based on all the information we reviewed and gathered we could find no collusion or intentional acts by any member of the administration or those key individuals involved."

Dr. Margolis pointed to several factors in why the investigation in 2007 was never taken to police, including a lack of experience in handling such matters, no mandatory reporting policies, and an "acquaintance bias" that led many to believe in Reville.

"I think in this case those who knew him because of his leadership on campus and because of his involvement in the community and his work, in some ways, were blinded to the reality of what he turned out to be."

Read the report here.
    
ReVille later worked at schools, camps, churches and recreation programs in the Charleston area.
    
A civil suit against The Citadel alleges others would not have been harmed had the college reported ReVille to police at the time.

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McLeod Law Group represents the camper who came forward in 2007 along with other ReVille victims and issues this release on their behalf…

Press Release Issued by McLeod Law Group:

Today the Board of Visitors released the independent review of its handling of a complaint involving sexual abuse that was first reported to the school in 2007. McLeod Law Group represents the camper who came forward in 2007 along with other ReVille victims and issues this release on their behalf.

Attorney Mullins McLeod stated, "The report is silent with regard to accountability which is troublesome because without accountability there will be no prevention. The families feel strongly that had the people in charge at The Citadel practiced what they preached then innocent children would not have been abused." The report attempts to clear the Board of Visitors and President Rosa based on the faulty conclusion that Mr. Brandenburg asserted this incident was limited to a potential civil claim. In response to this, please see the attached email authored by Mr. Brandenburg.

Father of the abused camper and 1972 Citadel graduate states, "My son had the courage to speak up and report sexual abuse. Our family, without any agenda or malice towards my alma mater, reported the abuse to Lt. Gen. Rosa's office in April of 2007. My son described the abuse in detail along with his knowledge of other campers who experienced similar abuse during the summers of 2001 and 2002. The policy attached to this release speaks for itself and so does the inaction of President Rosa and his confidants."

McLeod states, "In the wake of the Penn State scandal, its President and Joe Paterno were fired by the school's Board. Today's report confirms, however, that as for The Citadel it is business as usual. I suspect President Rosa and others will eventually learn that their self-serving hypocrisy will not extend beyond those gates."

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