Louis (Skip) Reville was only 15 when he first abused children at Mountain Brook Swim and Tennis Club, he was brought in by police as a result of the incident which was known by some in his small Alabama town. Reville went on to go to college where he would graduate from the Citadel in 2002. In 2001, he was hired by the Citadel to work at their summer camp where on his application he even put Mountain Brook Swim and Tennis on his application as a former employer. Reville would go on to work the camp in the summer of 2001, 02, and 03. He had his own alternative name for the camp during his time there, he called it a “paradise for pedophiles.” During the first camp session of 2001 another member on staff, Mike Arpaio, had an “incident” with a 10 year old camper. Arpaio was gone by the second session of the camp and, according to Reville, the Director and Deputy Director of the camp, Bill Bates and Jenni Garrott, said the rules of maintaining boundaries between campers and staff were going to be enforced. Even after this Reville claims he would have campers in his room daily. We know now he went on to abuse four campers two times in the first session and three campers “at least a dozen” times in the second session when there should have been a heightened awareness after Arpaio.
2002 rolls around and Reville says he is now in charge of training the other staffers on policies and boundaries between campers. When asked if he followed the training he gave Reville replied ” I did not. I violated every point.” After continually having campers in his room, Reville was warned by Bates and Garrott that he was putting himself in a compromising position by having minors in his room at night. Nothing changed as a result of this conversation however. Later in the camp session Jenni Garrott walked in on Reville opposite another camper in his room on his couch. She pulled Reville out and warned him that he shouldn’t have a camper in his room with no one else present. She walked off and Reville went back into the room with the minor. Reville says the camper was there with a heat rash on his crotch and he had instructed the camper to pull down his pants and apply cream in front of him. Had Jenni Garrott talked to the camper, she may have found this out. Instead she walked off without even making sure the boy left the room. Reville says now that according to camp policies, after a minor was found in his room, he should have been fired, an incident report should have been written. Law enforcement would have gotten involved and it would have gone on his record.
2003 – Reville is once again assigned the task of training the other staffers about boundaries between campers and staff, the same training he again says he violated. In a separate occurence from 2002 Garrott again walks in on Reville with a camper, this time he is rubbing ointment on the campers leg. Yet again, just another warning when Reville says once again he should have been fired according to camp policies. Staying in 2003, another counselor at the camp goes and tells Colonel Lackey that Reville has campers in and out of his room after hours and specifically one of his campers often. A camper Reville says he went on to abuse. According to Reville, Colonel Lackey told Garrott about the counselors concerns, Garrott then confronted Reville, yet there was still no formal reprimand, just a meeting and a warning. Again according to the counselor handbook, Reville says he should have been fired immediately and law enforcement should have been notified. Reville also claims that after the first session ended, Garrott saw the same camper that was having ointment put on his leg leave with Reville in his car and show back up to the second session with Reville.
2003-06 – Reville works as a school teacher at Pinewood Preparatory School. He tutors children, has them over at his house, gives them rides in his car. One instance he touches a student up his thigh while they are in the car. The student tells his friend who tells their mom who tells the school. Reville is brought in for a formal meeting, but police aren’t called. Reville’s contract is not renewed by Pinewood Preparatory which he says is a result of his personal relationships with students as well a need for a change in direction in regards to his teaching style. Reville abused multiple students during his time as a teacher at Pinewood, never on campus though.
2007 – Skip Reville is now working for The Citadel in the writing center. He is called in for a meeting by The Citadels general counsel, Mark Brandenburg. Also in attendance at the meeting was Colonel Trez, who throughout the course of the meeting made it known that he and Brandenburg were there to protect the interests of The Citadel. They tell him that a camper has come forward with allegations of inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature during the summers in which he was a counselor. Instead of informing law enforcement, they told Reville to lay low and that they would do their own internal investigation. Reville says that, in his opinion, had they contacted police after that allegation, “close to 30” future children would have been spared the sexual abuse. I met Reville months after this meeting took place and Instead Reville went on to work as a coach, a youth group leader, and an assistant principal gaining access to hundreds, if not thousands of kids.
Current Day – There are multiple lawsuits pending against The Citadel that have been dragged out for years. My Mom filed a lawsuit on my behalf before I had the courage to file one on behalf of myself. My mothers lawsuit was thrown out after a last second motion filed by the Citadel was granted by Judge Markley Dennis. The judge concluded that a parent could not sue on behalf of their child. There have been a few others that have been thrown out as well, and still not one has made it to a jury. I now have my own case pending but this has set a precedent for the rest of the victims whose parents were suing on their behalf. Markley Dennis is the judge of multiple cases to be heard against The Citadel in the future. The way the case was thrown out rose a few eyebrows due to the timing and nature of it, the jury was never given a chance to hear the case. I did some checking, If you look on Judge Dennis’s Facebook page you will see that he has 189 friends, one of which happens to be the attorney Dawes Cooke who is the attorney that represents The Citadel. If you check Dawes Cooke’s Facebook acquaintances you will see that Judge Dennis is the only circuit court judge in South Carolina that he is friends with. None of this was ever disclosed as maybe a conflict of interest, as my mothers and I attorney isn’t friends with the judge.
I recently went to a Citadel football game this last year where it just so happened that General Rosa was heralded and celebrated at midfield during halftime for all the money he has been able to raise. I guess that is what we value nowadays. Ultimately I just want to hold people accountable for their actions and lack of taking action and I am finding that very difficult due to the underwhelming amount of attention that The Citadel has gotten as a result of the choices and decisions they have made. So please share this, every single bit of it is true and if the media would do their job or if this had happened in another place other than Charleston, and if you’ve ever been to Charleston you know what I’m talking about, then none of these people would still have a job.