Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Ex-wrestlers sue Ohio State over late team doctor's "rampant sexual misconduct"

Ex-wrestlers sue Ohio State over late team doctor's

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.

Former athletes from 14 sports (baseball, cheerleading, cross country, fencing, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling) and former patients at Student Health Services have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Strauss.

A law firm assigned to conduct an independent inquiry on behalf of the OH state attorney general has interviewed more than 200 former students and staff believed to have had knowledge of the matter, the school said in an online update.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is now claiming that the wrestlers he once coached at Ohio State are now accusing him of knowing about extremely widespread sexual abuse - because he supports President Trump.

Jordan has denied the allegations, saying he was unaware of the alleged abuse and that he would have acted if he did know.

"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss".

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.

Former Ohio State University student Steve Snyder-Hill discusses a complaint he submitted decades ago about the behavior of Dr. Richard Strauss, during an interview at home in Columbus, Ohio. The former doctor took his own life in 2005, at the age of 67.

Snyder-Hill said he contacted the investigators who are looking into Strauss after seeing news reports about former athletes and students who have raised allegations about Strauss in recent months, and the investigators confirmed having some paperwork about the incident that led to his complaint. Attorneys filed a massive class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in OH on behalf of an as-yet-unnamed former OSU wrestler.

"Dr. Strauss used his position of trust and confidence to regularly and systematically sexually assault, abuse, batter, molest, and harass male students and student-athletes over the entire course of his career in his capacity as an employee, agent, and/or representative of OSU", the suit said. A law firm is investigating allegations about alleged sexual abuse by the now-dead physician and what Ohio State knew at the time.

A spokesman for Jordan declined earlier in the week to provide details about Jordan's interview.

The complaint also mentions Jordan and wrestling coach Russ Hellickson, noting multiple instances in which wrestlers had informed the men of groping and harassment by Strauss.

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