Ohio State: 100 Ex-Students Report Sex Misconduct by Doctor
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 100 former students have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by the now-dead Ohio State University team physician at the center of an ongoing investigation, the university said on Friday.
Over 200 former students and university employees have been confidentially interviewed by independent investigators reviewing allegations against Richard Strauss involving male athletes from 14 sports as well as his work at the student health center and his off-campus medical office, University President Michael Drake said. Those allegations range from 1979 to 1997, during most of Strauss' two decades on the faculty and medical staff.
Ohio State has urged anyone with information to contact the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie's investigators, who are looking into the allegations, what university officials knew and how they responded to any concerns about Strauss. They also are reviewing whether Strauss examined high school students.
The university announced the investigation in April after allegations about Strauss were brought forward this year.
The school said investigators are accepting anonymous reports and noted that they aren't proactively reaching out to potential victims because they want to avoid re-traumatizing anyone who doesn't want to revisit such an experience.
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