Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

More than 100 former students allege OSU doctor misconduct

More than 100 former students allege OSU doctor 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.

Strauss has been accused of sexually abusing student athletes involved in 14 sports, as well as patients at the campus health center, between 1979 and 1997, according to the school.

The university launched an investigation into the sexual misconduct and harassment claims against Strauss in April, after a former wrestler said he had been abused as a student.

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

It states that two wrestlers met with former Ohio State Athletic Director Andy Geiger in the mid-1990s, where they complained about "the voyeuristic and lewd conduct of the men in the lockers and saunas of Larkins Hall, including that of Dr. Strauss".

The school has repeatedly said that allegations that officials didn't appropriately respond to concerns about Strauss are troubling and are a key focus of the ongoing, independent investigation.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, proposes to represent all former Ohio State students or athletes who were examined by Strauss, saying the number of men is in the hundreds, if not thousands. One former wrestler, Dunyasha Yetts, said he had reported the abuse directly to Jordan, an account corroborated by a second wrestler, Shawn Dailey.

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Ohio State has a record of at least one documented complaint against Strauss. He later moved to California, where he killed himself in 2005 at age 67.

"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.

The revelations come less than a week after five former wrestlers filed a pair of lawsuits claiming that repeated sexual abuse complaints had been snubbed by university officials.

A spokesman for Jordan declined earlier in the week to provide details about Jordan's interview.

Jordan was recently interviewed by lawyers who are looking into allegations of rampant, well-known sexual abuse by the wrestling team's doctor.

Steve Snyder-Hill says he wrote the letter after seeing Richard Strauss about a lump on his chest.

Grace now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University. He said Strauss did a full-body exam and inappropriately touched him.

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