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Citadel News Service

For Release
October 1, 2003

 Civil lawsuit filed against The Citadel

Statement from Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds

"The Citadel has been named a defendant in a lawsuit filed Monday that alleges improper conduct took place between a counselor and a camper at The Citadel Summer Camp between 1997 and 2001. Michael Arpaio, the counselor, has also been named as a defendant.

"The allegations of inappropriate contact of a sexual nature are shocking and deeply disturbing to the college and everyone associated with the summer camp.

"The Citadel first learned of allegations involving this counselor in the closing days of the camp session in the summer of 2001. At that time, the camp acted immediately to investigate the report and to remove the counselor.

"The matter was later investigated by Charleston Police and the United States Marine Corps. That investigation resulted in the court-martial of Michael Arpaio. He was sentenced on charges of conduct unbecoming a Marine officer and is currently serving prison time on those charges.

"Prior to the session this past summer, we notified parents of campers of the 2001 incident and we encouraged them to talk to their children about safety and reporting inappropriate conduct.

"In view of our longstanding concern for the safety and welfare of those on our campus, The Citadel constantly reviews all of its programs involving children.

"While the facts of the case still have to be determined, the college wants all of its constituents to know that while it will defend the lawsuit, The Citadel condemns in the strongest possible terms the conduct alleged in this lawsuit."



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