July 17, 2018 – The complaint focuses on the deeds of former Ohio State University (OSU) wrestling team doctor Richard Strauss, who allegedly “sexually assaulted, abused, battered, molested, and/or harassed 1,500 to 2,500 male students” during his 2 decade tenure with the Buckeyes athletic department, according to the suit.
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Update: Report Finds Ohio State Doctor Sexually Abused 177 Students
May 17, 2019 – Investigators have concluded that Richard M. Strauss, the former wrestling team physician and assistant professor of medicine at The Ohio State University, sexually abused at least 177 male students — many of whom were varsity athletes — from the 1970s thru the 1990s. In a massive 182-page report published on Friday, the university said Strauss had groped students, unnecessarily required them to strip naked, and asked intimate sexual questions during the course of his work.
What’s the problem?
The claims against OSU for failing to adequately respond to sexual assault charges include an account from 2 former wrestlers who say they met with then-athletic director Andy Geiger during the 1994-95 season. The students told Geiger of “voyeuristic and lewd conduct of the men in the lockers and saunas of Larkins Hall, including that of Dr. Strauss,” according to a Politico report  published on July 6. This, according to the class action suit, consisted of men who would enter Larkins Hall and masturbate while watching the wrestlers use the sauna or showers.
The 2 wrestlers allegedly submitted a plan to Geiger to keep non-students out of Larkins Hall, but nothing came of it, the suit contends. Geiger told the Associated Press last week he has no recollection of the interaction, but that he did speak with former wrestling coach Russ Hellickson about activities in the team showers.
The complaint also details the actions of Strauss, who plaintiffs claim changed his personal locker to be next to those of wrestlers he was most attracted to and repeat showering to view the athletes naked.
In one case, Strauss had just finished showering and was preparing to leave the locker room, when he saw one of his favorite wrestlers entering the shower area, at which point he turned around, got undressed, and showered again in a matter of minutes.
The Ohio State in April announced that independent investigators were looking into allegations that Strauss fondled and groped male athletes during physical examinations and medical treatment. His family has said they were “shocked and saddened” to learn of the allegations.
Strauss was hired at OSU in 1978 and retired as a professor in 1998. He later moved to California, where he killed himself in 2005 at age 67.
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