I came across this article this morning when looking up the PSU sex scandal. It's interesting how many ways this mirrors PSU's own scandal. The accused at the Citadel was a camp counselor and former student who allegedly engaged in sexual acts with campers in his room in 2002. The president and administration at the Citadel were made aware of this, did an internal investigation, andd ultimately closed the investigation and failed to report it to police. The accused was also a tennis coach and a principal at a local high school in later life.
I dont post this in an effort to use the "everyone does" defense. But it certainly gives interesting insight into the mindset of an administration and protocols of how they operate when this type of information is given to them. According to the Citadel's president they received a 169(!) page report from the victim's mother (certainly more than what Joe was given) and ultimately decided not to notify police when "An investigation showed there were no other complaints against the counsellor." In addition, Mr. Rosa, The president of The Citadel, stated in fairly more detail than we got from teh Penn State case how the investigation process works and why they did not file charges."We interviewed other camp staff which were very complimentary of ReVille. When the family did not pursue the matter, we did not either. We should have.'
He also made a very interesting quote: Mr Rosa said: 'At the time, we took what we thought were the necessary steps. Now, we know we didn't.'
Again I am not posting this as an excuse or a defense for the PSU administrators, but as an advocate of the "lets wait and get more information before we go crazy" I feel it is helpful to understand the process. This article helps explain it.
It doesn't, however, explain why this story, which occurred within the last month, isnt getting as much press as the Penn State scandal. In fact, this article in the UK was the only one i could locate with more than one paragraph written about it before noon today.