More than 100 former students report sexual abuse by team doctor


Edelman is advising Ohio State University on the sex abuse investigation linked to Richard Strauss, the deceased doctor of the school's wresting team, according to a report in Politico.

"We are grateful to those who have come forward and remain deeply concerned for anyone who may have been affected by Dr. Strauss' actions", said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake.

Ohio State has said more than 150 former athletes and witnesses have been interviewed so far, and the school has urged anyone with information to contact the investigators from the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie.

One of the lawsuits, filed by four former Ohio State wrestlers who alleged multiple instances of abuse during the 1980s and 1990s, estimated "1,500 to 2,500 male student athletes" may have been abused. Strauss, who died of suicide in 2005, was the team doctor from 1978 to 1995. 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.

His employment records released by the university referenced no reprimands or disciplinary action over any such concerns, but Ohio State has a record of at least one documented complaint against Strauss. "We remain steadfastly committed to uncovering the truth".

In an interview with the "The Bob Frantz Authority" radio show, the Ohio Republican said he told the investigators handling the probe "the same thing we've told everyone in a public way" during his interview Monday and praised the lawyer he sat down with this week for handling their interview, he believes, in the "proper way".

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The lawsuit seeks punitive damages to be determined by a jury and other damages and expenses.

Steve Snyder-Hill says he wrote the letter after seeing Richard Strauss about a lump on his chest.

Strauss was a university staff physician during the 1970s, '80 and '90s for several varsity sports, the school's medical center and student health clinic. He said Strauss did a full-body exam and inappropriately touched him.

"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.

Each of the former wrestlers in the case was sexually assaulted by Strauss in some way, the lawsuit said.

The suit said the wrestlers offered drawings of potential changes to the wrestling and gymnastics locker room that would enhance safety, but Ohio State did nothing.