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SLED clears The Citadel of criminal charges in ReVille case

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ReVille, above, entered guilty pleas to all charges on June 13. (Chris Hauff/WCIV) ReVille, above, entered guilty pleas to all charges on June 13. (Chris Hauff/WCIV)

By Natalie Caula
ncaula@abcnews4.com

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A letter released to ABC News 4 by The Citadel from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) shows the criminal investigation into the military college regarding the handling of child sex abuse allegations has been closed.

The letter states:

"After review of the case materials, applicable State Statutes and discussions with the 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, it was determined that there was no sufficient evidence found to warrant criminal prosecution or further investigation. SLED has, therefore, administratively closed this file."

SLED began its investigation following the arrest of Louis "Skip" ReVille last October for allegations of child sex abuse. ReVille was a camp counselor in the early 2000s at The Citadel. The investigation into ReVille revealed a victim was a camper, who had reported the abuse to the Citadel in 2007. The incident was not reported to local law enforcement or other law enforcement agencies.

ReVille went on to work at several schools and organizations where he had access to children and more victims. He pleaded guilty last month for the abuse of more than 30 young boys.

Last year, president of the college, Lt. General John Rosa, admitted The Citadel should have done more following the report of allegations. Originally, the school announced they would hire an outside company to conduct an investigation into the school's administration, policies and actions in the matter for accountability and policy purposes.

Later, The Citadel announced they would not hire the firm. Instead, they asked the State Attorney General's Office to look into the matter. Meanwhile, SLED was conducting the criminal investigation into whether any school leaders or employees would be charged.

That investigation was closed, according to the letter, as of April 4, 2012. Thursday, The Citadel released the following statement in regards to all the investigations. The Citadel's Vice President of External Affairs Col. Jeffrey Perez stated:

"The Citadel cooperated fully with SLED's investigation. As Solicitor Scarlett Wilson stated at the time Mr. ReVille was charged in Charleston County, SLED found The Citadel broke no laws. We cannot comment further because of ongoing litigation."

Several lawsuits have been filed against The Citadel in both state and federal court, arguing The Citadel's lack of action led to the abuse of several victims.

According to court documents, The Citadel is denying those allegations and is fighting the suits in court. In some of the cases, Citadel attorneys have filed motions to dismiss the cases.

Requests for comment by the state attorney general's office were not returned by deadline.

Sandusky and ReVille cases: 'Eerily familiar'

Thursday, a federal investigation into how Penn State handled allegations of sex abuse made against Gerald Sandusky were released.

"The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State, for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims," the report read.

Darkness to Light employees were glued to their computer screens following the release as the investigation team's leader took the podium in a press conference.

While the circumstances are unfortunate, D2L Director of Programs Cindy McElhinney says the coverage brings attention to the importance of child sex abuse prevention. McElhinney says she wasn't surprised by the results of the investigation, which named key leaders at Penn State as responsible for a cover-up.

"The report really confirmed through the investigation that there was a lack of leadership, and there was a lack of concern for the victims and potential victims of Jerry Sandusky," McElhinney said.

What also strikes the Darkness to Light leader is the similarities between Sandusky/Penn State and the ReVille/The Citadel cases.

"The parallels between what happened at Penn State and what happened here in Charleston with The Citadel, they are eerily familiar. This is the patterns of behavior that lead to the types of abuse that we saw at both of these organizations," she said.

McElhinney says The Citadel had provided some training before the ReVille case to only some of their employees.

"They had incorporated our education program into the Department of Education, to teach our future educators on how to recognize and react responsibly to abuse and so that was great," she said. "What we weren't able to do, sort of get them to take the next step and to use the training program throughout the campus for really everybody on campus, not just people who worked with youth. "

McElhinney wants The Citadel to become Partners in Prevention, a title only given to organizations that train their entire staff in recognizing child sex abuse. The City of Charleston is one of the most recent entities to begin the training.

"All of this going on has created an opportunity to have a conversation about what that would look like, and I think they're very receptive of using the program," she said.

Darkness to Light has plenty of information regarding the training programs, child sex abuse statistics and resources at www.d2l.org.

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