MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department issued a statement on Monday in response to the recent arrest of former employee Louis "Skip" ReVille.
To date, ReVille has been charged in the alleged molestation of five children.
In the statement issued by MPRD director Ken Ayoub, the department shares that ReVille was employed as a tennis instructor from June 2007 until June 2008. While working as a tennis instructor, he held one junior tennis clinic per week, private tennis lessons and worked summer camps at Park West. Ayoub said all private lessons were conducted at the Park West or Whipple Road complex. Ayoub also made note that ReVille coached baseball on a volunteer basis for the 13 to 14-year-old boys' summer leagues in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Ayoub said ReVille went through two background checks -- both of which came back clean.
"It is unfortunate, but true, that background checks catch only those who have been caught or charged in prior cases," Ayoub wrote. "That is why all of us, staff and parents, must remain vigilant for the safety of our children."
Here's the statement in its entirety:
I'm sure that you are now aware of the very disturbing news released last week about an individual connected with the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department who was arrested and charged with the molestation of several underage children.
This individual was involved in many different MPRD programs and activities. He was with MPRD from June 2007 to June 2008 as a tennis instructor at our Park West location, as well as the Whipple Road Complex two days per week. In his duties as a tennis instructor, he was responsible for one junior tennis clinic per week, private tennis lessons and summer camps at Park West. All private lessons were conducted at our Park West or Whipple Road Complex. He also was a volunteer basketball coach for us in the 13 - 14 year-old boys' summer leagues of 2009, 2010 and 2011.
During his time with us, he went through two background checks and both times came back clean. It is unfortunate, but true, that background checks catch only those who have been caught or charged in prior cases. That is why all of us, staff and parents, must remain vigilant for the safety of our children.
Over the past two years, members of the MPRD staff have participated in the Darkness To Light training. We plan to continue our training and we are exploring ways to offer this program to hundreds of volunteers. I urge all parents to visit their website, www.d2l.org , to prevent and detect signs of sexual abuse.
Our primary concern must remain our children. They should be reassured that this individual is the exception to the norm. They should also be made aware that those situations do happen and that informing their parents is the right thing to do. Our children should never have to face such a reality at so young an age, but prevention is essential. Parents should not be afraid to discuss this topic with their children.
Lastly, I ask that all of us respect the privacy and anonymity of the victims of this crime. If you know who the victims are, please don't tell others. Offer support and your friendship, but please keep that information to yourself. Releasing identifying details about any of the victims verbally, via social media or emails in inflicting more trauma on the victims and their families and could result in legal proceedings. Let's do our part in the road to recovery by remaining vigilant and educating ourselves on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
Please contact my office (843) 884-2528 with any questions or comments.
Town of Mount Pleasant