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Citadel staffer Kenneth Boes charged with sex abuse of cadet

Kenneth Boes (The Citadel, Charleston County Detention Center).jpg
Kenneth Boes (The Citadel, Charleston County Detention Center)

A staff member at The Citadel has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse involving a cadet at the South Carolina school.

Kenneth Boes turned himself in Wednesday to face charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and providing beer or wine to a person under the age of 21.

Citadel spokesman John Dorrian said the school received an allegation of sexual abuse in May and asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate.

SLED affidavits show the alleged sex abuse and illegal providing of alcohol occurred between July 2017 and May 2018.

The victim claims Boes brought him alcohol to his dorm during the summer of 2017, and the two struck up a friendship, according to SLED.

Later, the victim claims he and Boes became workout partners. It was after a workout in September 2017 that the victim claims Boes first made an advance at him, forcibly kissing him inside a locked office.

Sexual encounters followed, with the victim claiming Boes used drugs, alcohol and his position with the college to coerce him into continuing the relationship, SLED affidavits show.

Boes also reportedly used his role to lessen punishments for the victim and grant him extra leave time from campus, SLED investigators say.

Dorrian said Boes was reassigned to a position without contact with students when the allegations were made.

Boes, a decorated military veteran and Citadel alumnus who achieved the rank of Lt. Col, has worked at the military school since 2002, according to a biography found on the college's website.

Boes worked as part of the Teach-Advise-Coach team at the time of the allegations, the Citadel says. ,TAC officers teach, advise and coach cadets as part of The Citadel’s military and leadership training. Boes has since been reassigned.

"The Citadel will continue cooperating with SLED, while recognizing the accused is innocent until proven guilty," the college said in a statement. "The Citadel also initiated a Title IX investigation as dictated by the college’s policy and law. The Title IX investigation is being conducted by an outside investigator."

Boes is being held in the Charleston County jail. A judge has set his bond at $25,257. Boes has retained Andy Savage as his attorney.