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ReVille was president of Bulldog-Bullpup program

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By Brian Troutman
btroutman@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Louis "Skip" ReVille was believed to be a mentor.

Now, he's been charged with several counts of sexual misconduct with a minor and documents have recently surfaced to show there were complaints against him for sexually inappropriate behavior with summer campers at The Citadel.

Louis "Skip" ReVille was a role model – or at least those at The Citadel believed so. Around about the same time he was allegedly bringing summer campers to his room for Chinese food and pizza in exchange for having them watch pornography and touch themselves, he was the president of the Bulldog-Bullpup program.

It was a role that warranted interaction with anywhere between six and 10 at-risk youth for each year he was involved.

In the Bulldog-Bullpup program, cadet volunteers are matched with young people from the community who are in need of role models.

Along with one-on-one opportunities for the cadets to work with "Bullpups" on self-esteem and social skills, the program hosts three holiday parties a year. Children chosen for the program are selected based on meetings between Citadel representatives and local school counselors.

Charlene Gunnells, media relations coordinator at The Citadel, said there have been no complaints against ReVille while he was at the helm of the program.

"None that we are aware of," she said.

Currently there are 11 charges against ReVille, many of which local law enforcement officials say he has confessed. Still, investigators say more charges are expected. The Citadel is at the heart of child sex abuse scandal talk. Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa admitted this week the college failed in its handling of a 2007 report of sexual abuse against ReVille.

Now, state leaders and lawmakers across the country are demanding answers and pushing for tougher laws on reporting abuse.

On Thursday, the top Democrat on the House education committee, Rep. George Miller from California, called for a hearing on the sex abuse scandals at The Citadel and Penn State.

It's an action that has been supported by many lawmakers, regardless of party lines.

"We must do everything in our power to protect our children from those who seek them harm," said Rep. Tim Scott. "I am certainly supportive of Congress taking appropriate federal action. These offenders should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for their crimes, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as they go through these trying times."

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