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Charleston, SC -Former Citadel Cadet Sues Military College and Two Former Employees for Alleged Abuse

Charleston, SC -Former Citadel Cadet Sues Military College and Two Former Employees for Alleged Abuse
Published: April 1, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on April 1, 2024

Another Lawsuit Exposes Alleged Grooming of Citadel Cadet for Abuse by Former Employee

Post and Courier has reported that a former cadet at The Citadel, a prestigious military college located at 171 Moultrie St, Charleston, SC 29409, has filed a lawsuit against the institution and two former employees. The suit, filed on March 25, 2024, in a state court in Charleston, alleges that the college and its staff failed to prevent an advisor's inappropriate actions, which ultimately led to the cadet suffering from debilitating mental illness.

The lawsuit, which is on behalf of an unidentified student, names The Citadel and two former employees as defendants. It claims that the cadet was the target of sexual grooming, harassment, and humiliation during the 2015-16 school year.

According to the suit, Kenneth Boes, a former tactical officer, and "other unknown faculty and cadets" allegedly coerced and groomed the young man during a time when he was experiencing personal and academic difficulties. The lawsuit contends that the college and its staff should have been aware of the advisor's actions and taken steps to stop the abuse.

The cadet's mental health reportedly suffered significantly due to the alleged mistreatment, leading to debilitating consequences. The lawsuit seeks to hold The Citadel and the former employees accountable for their alleged failure to protect the student from harm.

The latest lawsuit adds to the growing body of evidence that sexual misconduct has been an ongoing issue at The Citadel, raising serious questions about the institution's handling of such sensitive matters. In recent years, The Citadel has faced multiple lawsuits from former students and summer camp attendees who claim they were sexually abused by staff members or other cadets on the college's campus. These cases have resulted in settlements and payouts, underscoring the gravity of the allegations and the college's failure to adequately protect its students from harm.

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Legal Options for Victims of Military School Sexual Abuse

Following the breaking news story about the newest Citadel cadet's lawsuit, we sat down with local South Carolina sexual abuse lawyer James Moore to discuss the legal rights available for victims of sexual assault by a ranking military officer. Moore provided valuable perspective on how victims of abuse by ranking officers can seek justice and hold institutions responsible for their failures.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, James. As an experienced sexual abuse attorney, what are the key legal options available to a Citadel cadet who may have experienced similar incidents of sexual grooming and abuse?

James Moore, Esq. (JM): Well, Darla, the cadet may have several options to pursue justice. First and foremost, the lawsuit against The Citadel and the former employees is a critical step. This allows the cadet to seek compensation for the harm caused by the alleged abuse and the college's failure to protect him.

DM: Are there any specific challenges victims may face when bringing a lawsuit against a ranking officer in the military?

JM: Yes, there can be unique challenges in these cases. Military jurisdiction and procedures can be intricate, and victims may encounter resistance from the hierarchy. However, with the right legal representation, victims can navigate these challenges and have their voices heard.

DM: What advice would you give to other victims of sexual abuse by ranking officers in the military?

JM: My advice would be to act quickly, document everything, and seek experienced legal counsel. Time is of the essence in these cases, and having a knowledgeable attorney who understands the complexities of military law can make all the difference. Most importantly, victims should know that they have rights and that there are ways to hold their abusers and institutions accountable.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Moore, for providing this valuable insight. It's clear that the former Citadel cadet has a challenging legal battle ahead, but with the right support, they may be able to achieve justice.

JM: You're very welcome, Darla. I hope this information helps shed some light on the options available to the cadet and other victims in similar situations. It's crucial that we continue to raise awareness and fight for the rights of those who have suffered abuse, no matter the setting.

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If you or your loved ones have been affected by sexual assault by ranking officers in the military, it is crucial to remember that support is available. Our dedicated team of legal professionals is here to guide you through the complexities of your case, ensuring your rights are protected and your voice is heard. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation, evaluate your options, and provide the support you need during this challenging time. Don't hesitate to reach out to us today and take the first step towards seeking justice and reclaiming your power.


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