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July 17, 2018 – The complaint, filed in a Colombus court on Monday, describes former OSU wrestling team doctor Richard Strauss as “a prolific sexual predator” who might have assaulted 1,500 or more male students at Ohio State, according to ESPN.
Students who alerted school officials about Strauss’s alleged deeds said their complaints fell on deaf ears, and that the doctor was above the law in the eyes of the university, according to the class action. The suit further alleges that OSU failed to take action or move the team’s practices in response to the students’ pleas. The team did move into a new building about 8 years later, according to Politico.
The 4 wrestlers, whose names were not listed in the class action, allege that Strauss sexually assaulted or harassed them in the late 1980s or 1990s.
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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