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100 ex-OSU students report doctor's sexual misconduct

23 July, 2018, 02:56 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • 100 ex-OSU students report doctor's sexual misconduct

More than 100 former student athletes have reported "firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct" committed by Ohio State University physician Richard Strauss almost two decades ago, the school announced on Friday.

The allegations date from the period 1979 to 1997 and were reported confidentially to the investigative team by former students engaged in university athletics, including varsity men student-athletes in 14 sports, and by former patients of Student Health Services.

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Ohio State launched the investigation in April after multiple former athletes came forward with their allegations against Strauss. "We remain steadfastly committed to uncovering the truth".

Ohio State has urged anyone with information to contact the investigators from Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie, who are looking into the allegations, what university officials knew and how they responded to any concerns about Strauss.

Three ex-wrestlers accused U.S. Representative Jim Jordan of failing to report the doctor's abuse while serving as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994.

He has been named in a class action suit against Ohio State over the Strauss allegations.

100 ex-OSU students report doctor's sexual misconduct

The investigation is being carried out by Perkins Cole LLP, an worldwide law firm that has been in communication with the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office.

"Ohio State is an institution that chose to protect its image and its brand rather than protect its students and its athletes from the sexual misconduct of the team doctor", Sharp said. He denies having any knowledge of Strauss' alleged abuse, and says that he would've acted if he did.

Former student Steve Snyder-Hill said he wrote to a student health center official in the 1990s after being examined by Dr. Richard Strauss, whose behavior is the subject of an independent investigation that began months ago. They have completed interviews with more than 200 former students and university staff, the school said.

As reported by the Washington Post, Jordan appeared on an OH radio program Wednesday morning where he spoke about the interview and denounced those who have criticized his denials.

Whether Jordan knew has become a matter of debate among former Ohio State wrestlers. The congressman said last week he still plans on "being part of that discussion".

The university said it's reviewing the litigation.

Those who say they've been interviewed include wrestlers who say they were groped during physicals and a former student who says he witnessed and experienced sexual abuse in one day while working at Strauss' off-campus medical office in the mid-1990s.


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