300-plus accusers in Ohio State doctor scandal

By | August 30, 2019


A former Ohio State University team doctor has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 300 men going back decades, according to lawyers    More than half of those are already listed as plaintiffs in federal lawsuits, alleging school officials knew of concerns about Richard Strauss’ wrongdoing but did little to stop him The Ohio State team doctor worked at university from 1978 until he retired in 1998  He took his own life in 2005 at 67 before the claims made by victims that he fondled and ogled them during medical exams came to light  Totals confirmed to The Associated Press put the group’s size in the same ballpark as the initial wave of plaintiffs who got $425 million from Michigan State University to settle claims related to Larry Nassar Former Ohio State team doctor,  Richard Strauss, (pictured), has been accused of abuse by over 300 men, with more than half already listed as plaintiffs in federal lawsuits The Ohio State team doctor worked at university from 1978 until he retired in 1998 The image shows a building that housed a medical clinic operated by Strauss The disgraced former gymnastics doctor was jailed for 40 to 175 years in Michigan state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual assault of minors in 2018 Attorney Michael Wright said his firm are representing over 100 men, most of them former football players and other Buckeye athletes who say they were sexually abused by Strauss ‘This is, from our perspective, aside from the Catholic Church, one of the biggest sexual misconduct cases in the country,’ attorney Michael Wright said Friday Many of those aren’t among the 177 men who provided firsthand accounts of sexual abuse by Strauss to the law firm that began investigating allegations for the university last year, Wright said Many of the men who have publicly recounted their experiences, including the ex-wrestler who spurred the investigation, allege they were fondled during medical exams   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Prisoner with ‘unforgiven sins’ tattooed on his chin faces Prosecutors in France open probe into Jeffrey Epstein after. Share this article Share Their claims span 1979 to 1997 – nearly all of Strauss’ Ohio State career – and include Strauss’ work with the athletic department, the student health center and his off-campus men’s clinic The investigating firm, Perkins Coie, didn’t proactively reach out to possible victims, citing concern for potentially retraumatizing them  But the list of accusers has continued to grow as Ohio State publicized the investigation, alumni began sharing stories, and lawyers for the initial plaintiffs advertised a push to hold the university accountable The lawsuits against Ohio State are now in mediation toward a potential settlement The lawyers involved won’t publicly discuss the negotiations.Ohio State has acknowledged its “fundamental failure” to prevent abuse by Strauss, apologized publicly to the survivors and said it is committed to the mediation process A report published by Ohio State University in May found that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s and several university officials may have been aware but did little to stop him Victims of former Ohio State team doctor Dr Richard Strauss, Stephen Snyder Hill, Brian Garrett, Mike Schyck, and Michael DiSabato, (left to right), speak out following the launch of a report about Richard Strauss in 2018The investigation and the related litigation have cost the university about $7 8 million so far, spokesman Ben Johnson said.No one has publicly defended the doctor, who killed himself in 2005 In a statement after the investigation findings were shared in May, Strauss’ family offered condolences to the abuse survivors Strauss retired from the university in 1998 with emeritus status, an honorary label revoked this year by school trustees The State Medical Board had an investigation involving Strauss near the end of his Ohio State career but never disciplined him, and the details have remained confidential  A state panel tasked with reviewing the handling of that old case has yet to report its findings Ohio State President Michael Drake apologized after a report was published in May finding that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 athletes from at least 16 sports as well as others from his work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic In June 2019, Roger Beedon, (pictured front), discusses how sexual misconduct by now-deceased Ohio State team doctor Richard Strauss has affected his lifeA report published by Ohio State University in May found that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s and several university officials may have been aware but did little to stop him Strauss groped or ogled young men while treating athletes from at least 16 sports and working at the student health center and his off-campus clinic, investigators from a law firm hired by the university found The abuse at Ohio State went on from 1979 to 1997 and took place at various locations across campus, including examining rooms, locker rooms, showers and saunas, according to investigators  Strauss, among other things, contrived to get young men to strip naked and groped them sexually The report describes one patient who came in with strep throat. Strauss spent five minutes fondling his genitals and never examined another part of the body   Totals confirmed to The Associated Press put the group’s size in the same ballpark as the initial wave of plaintiffs who got $425 million from Michigan State University to settle claims related to abuser Larry Nassar, (pictured),  Lawyers for men suing Ohio State University over decades-old alleged sexual misconduct by a team doctor say the growing number of accusers has topped 300Another victim had grown up in a rural area and had never had a proper medical exam; Strauss put a stethoscope on his penis Many told investigators that they thought his behavior was an “open secret” and that they believed their coaches, trainers and other team doctors knew was going on  The students described the examinations as being “hazed” or going through a “rite of passage ” Athletes joked about Strauss’ behavior, referring to him with nicknames like “Dr Jelly Paws.”The report concluded that scores of Ohio State personnel knew of complaints and concerns about Strauss’ conduct as early as 1979 but failed for years to investigate or take meaningful action At least 50 members of the athletic department staff, including many coaches, corroborated victims’ accounts of Strauss’ abuse, the report said But students’ allegations never left the department or the health center until 1996 At that point, Strauss was investigated and let go as a team doctor and physician at the health center but was allowed to retain his tenured faculty position

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