Grand jury returns 22 new indictments against ReVille
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A federal grand jury has returned 22 charges against Louis "Skip" ReVille.
The information was provided by solicitor Scarlett Wilson at a 3:30 p.m. press conference on Tuesday.
At the press conference, the solicitor said the 22 counts include counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, counts related to performing oral sex on children and counts related to dissemination of obscene material to a minor.
Wilson said some of the indictments involve The Citadel and other counties. Specifically, there was a victim added in Berkeley County and six added in Dorchester County. She said it's one of the largest cases her office has ever worked.
"There are a few other victims that have reached the age of majority that have elected not to go forward so their charges will not be brought by us or any other agency. ...We anticipate trial dates by the end of June of this year," she said.
Wilson took time to acknowledge the work of several law enforcement agencies, especially the Mount Pleasant Police Department.
"As you can see with the number of victims involved the number of activities involved, this has been an intense investigation," she said. "...This has been an intense investigation, and I can't say enough about Mount Pleasant Police Department."
The solicitor said the ages of most of the victims, all male, range from at least 11-years-old to 14. She said there are a few cases in other counties that could involve teens as old as 15 or 16.
"One of the fortunate things in this horrible situation is that these young boys cooperated with law enforcement really relatively early," Wilson said. "...We're very grateful for the bravery of these young boys, for the support their families are giving them.
Just after Tuesday's press conference, the chairman of Pinewood Preparatory School's board issued a statement in regards to ReVille's alleged conduct at the school. ReVille taught at Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville between 2002-2006.
"We have reviewed the allegations in this second lawsuit filed in January. As in the first one, we have found that no officer or employee had knowledge nor were aware of the allegations in these lawsuits regarding Skip ReVille," said James Mann. "As we've said before, these allegations and complaints are unfounded and without merit."
In regards to criticism and concern The Citadel did not report allegations of misconduct, Wilson said there is a loop hole in the law.
"Even now a coach is not listed as a mandatory reporter," Wilson said. "That needs to change obviously. Every time there's an event, they realize there's a loop hole. This is one of those situations. It's my view there's a loop hole."
Citadel attorney Dawes Cooke said the military college encourages anyone possibly victimized by ReVille to report to authorities.
"The Citadel is encouraged by progress of criminal investigation and continues to cooperate with any ongoing investigation," Cook said. "SLED is handling the investigation into the reporting aspect."
Check back as we continue to develop this story.
*ABC News 4's Natalie Caula, Brian Troutman and Sandra Ecklund contributed to this report.