100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

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.

Ohio State hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation into Richard Strauss after several former wrestlers earlier this year alleged they were subjected to sexual abuse or harassment. Since that time, the independent investigators at Perkins Coie LLP, an global law firm with expertise in these matters, have completed interviews with more than 200 former students and university staff believed to have information concerning the allegations involving Strauss. Strauss, who died of suicide in 2005, was the team doctor from 1978 to 1995.

Snyder-Hill said he recently contacted the firm investigating Strauss and received confirmation that they knew about his complaint.

On April 5, Ohio State announced the initiation of the investigation into Strauss.

"I think the truth is coming out - all kinds of coaches, all kinds of former student athletes, all kinds of guys who wrestled for us - have said the same thing I've said and the reason they've said this is because it's the truth", he said. The team's former doctor, Richard Strauss, is accused of showering with and inappropriately touching players.

Message seeking comment about the lawsuit were left with Ohio State on Tuesday.

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Strauss made a hernia check part of every exam, Sartori and other former athletes said, sometimes lingering a little too long on male athletes' genital area.

The wrestlers' lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

"Just like with the #MeToo movement, there is strength in numbers", said Steve Etsey, an attorney representing one of the four wrestlers from the first lawsuit, according to NBC News.

Before the Ohio Republican and founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus entered politics he was an assistant wrestling coach at OSU from 1986 to 1994.

"Congressman Jordan told the investigators what he has told the media since the story broke: he never saw any abuse, never heard of any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him", Ian Fury, Mr. Jordan's spokesman, said Wednesday.

One plaintiff said he was abused in about 50 physical examinations in the late 1980s and 1990s. Most of those institutions say they have little record of Strauss, and none has said any concerns were raised about him.

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