Citadel president John Rosa says the military college should have pursued child-sex abuse report

Louis Neal ReVille
Louis Neal ReVille

(CBS/WCSC/AP) CHARLESTON, S.C. - In the wake of the Penn State child-sex abuse scandal, Citadel president John Rosa says the Charleston military college has lost public trust because of the way it handled reports of sex abuse four years ago.

Rosa says the school is bringing in an outside company to review the procedures in handling such situations with an eye toward making improvements.

Police say 32-year-old Louis Neal ReVille, an alumnus of The Citadel, confessed to sexually assaulting five teenage boys that he coached, CBS affiliate WCSC reports. He is charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of lewd acts on a minor.

According to the statement issued Saturday, the school regrets not digging deeper into an incident that occurred in Reville's dorm room in 2002.

The college received an allegation in 2007 that five years earlier ReVille, a camp councilor, invited two campers at The Citadel Summer Camp into his room to watch pornography. They did not touch each other, but engaged in sexual activity, the statement says.

"Despite the concerns of the family, whose right to privacy was foremost on our minds, we regret that we did not pursue this matter further," the statement read.

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