Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Class-action suit claims OSU ignored doctor's alleged sex abuse

Class-action suit claims OSU ignored doctor's alleged sex abuse

Former US wrestlers have filed a pair of sexual abuse lawsuits against Ohio State University claiming that officials turned a blind eye to sexual abuse complaints against team doctor Richard Strauss.

Not mentioned in the lawsuit was U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, a former wrestling coach at the university, who was accused earlier this month by several former student wrestlers of failing to stop the molestation even after being told about it. He said Mr. Jordan spoke with investigators on Monday. Attorneys filed a massive class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in OH on behalf of an as-yet-unnamed former OSU wrestler. The statement said, in part, that OSU remains "actively committed to uncovering what may have happened and what university leaders at the time may have known" about Strauss' alleged actions.

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.

The group has said their question is whether Mr. Jordan has been truthful in denying any knowledge of the alleged sexual misconduct.

The investigation quickly expanded beyond wrestling to include athletes from other sports who were treated by Strauss, as well as students he treated in the school's health center.

Strauss died in 2005 from a reported suicide.

A string of former coaching colleagues and ex-athletes have spoken up in defense of Jordan, with some of them also saying they never knew of abuse while at Ohio State.

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Ohio State said it is reviewing the lawsuit but didn't comment further about it.

Dr. Richard Strauss in an undated file photo.

The university in April announced that independent investigators were looking into allegations that Strauss fondled and groped male athletes during physical examinations and medical treatment. He said Strauss did a full-body exam and inappropriately touched him.

None of the six former athletes interviewed by The Post reported Strauss to their coaches, and none of them said they had talked to investigators.

"The left and everything they've done, I guess you have to look at that". "That's what we thought 25 years ago", he said.

Former wrestlers this week have filed two federal lawsuits against Ohio State alleging that it ignored concerns raised about sexual abuse by a now-dead team doctor during the two decades he worked there.

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