A staff member at The Citadel has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse involving a cadet at the South Carolina school.
Citadel vice president John Dorrian told news outlets Wednesday that Kenneth Boes turned himself in to face charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and transferring beer or wine to a person under the age of 21.
Dorrian said the school received an allegation of sexual abuse in May and asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate. Dorrian said Boes was reassigned to a position without contact with students when the allegation was made.
Boes has worked at the military school since 2002 as part of the Teach-Advise-Coach team.
He is being held in the Charleston County jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.
The Citadel put a statement about this incident on their website:
“Members of our Campus Community,
Kenneth Boes, a member of The Citadel staff serving as a TAC officer, has been arrested. This arrest follows an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which began in May 2018 after The Citadel received an allegation of sexual abuse concerning Boes. The Citadel immediately notified and fully cooperated with SLED after receiving these allegations.
TAC officers Teach, Advise and Coach cadets as part of The Citadel’s military and leadership training. Once sexual abuse allegations were reported, the Commandant reassigned Boes and issued a no-contact order prohibiting interaction with cadets and students pending the investigation’s outcome.
The Citadel will continue cooperating with SLED, while recognizing the accused is innocent until proven guilty. The Citadel also initiated a Title IX investigation as dictated by the college’s policy and law. The Title IX investigation is being conducted by an outside investigator.
College officials cannot comment on the ongoing criminal investigation. The Citadel is committed to providing a working and learning environment maintaining the highest standards of safety for our college community. Anyone believing he or she has been victimized by, witnessed, or is aware of sexual abuse related to this matter should contact SLED.
We will provide further information once the Title IX investigation is complete. Please direct any media inquiries regarding this matter to OCM.”