More Than 100 Former Ohio State Students Allege Abuse By School Doctor

More Than 100 Former Ohio State Students Allege Abuse By School Doctor

More Than 100 Former Ohio State Students Allege Abuse By School Doctor

More than 100 Ohio State University alumni have given investigators firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by former athletic doctor Richard Strauss, the school said Friday in an update on the probe.

Former athletes say they verbally raised concerns about Strauss as early as the late 1970s.

The law firm Perkins Coie LLP is handling the investigation, and initially said Jordan had been unresponsive to requests for an interview, although Jordan said it was simply because the firm was sending messages to the wrong email address.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is now claiming that the wrestlers he once coached at Ohio State are now accusing him of knowing about extremely widespread sexual abuse - because he supports President Trump.

Strauss died in 2005. But the speaker said last week that he didn't think that the House Ethics Committee should look into the allegations, saying the activity in question occurred decades before Mr. Jordan took office. "I'm glad that Jim is committed to working with the investigators to see that the full truth comes out and justice is served". The team's former doctor, Richard Strauss, is accused of showering with and inappropriately touching players.

The lawsuit says the university didn't take action or agree to move the team's practices following that meeting.

The plaintiffs in the case, listed only as "John Does", seek punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and other relief as the court deems proper. That Ohio State's investigation has already discovered more than 100 alleged victims reinforces that expectation.

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.

The documentation that ex-student Steve Snyder-Hill obtained from Ohio State this week shows he complained about Strauss by phone - not by letter, as he'd recalled - and got a letter back from the director, Ted Grace.

Grace now leads student health services at Southern Illinois University.

The complaint also mentions Jordan and wrestling coach Russ Hellickson, noting multiple instances in which wrestlers had informed the men of groping and harassment by Strauss. Jordan has consistently denied that he knew Strauss was engaging in misconduct toward students.

Like more than a half-dozen other former OSU athletes interviewed by The Washington Post, he said Strauss's physical examinations made him feel uncomfortable, but he did not believe at the time that it rose to the level of abuse.

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