OSU investigating doctor accused of sexual misconduct with athletes

Ohio State University is investigating a now deceased doctor who worked for decades as an athletic trainer for the wrestling team.

The university said on Thursday it notified law enforcement about allegations of sexual misconduct against Dr. Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team doctor who died in 2005. The allegations include incidents that may have occurred from the mid-70s through the late 90s, the university said.

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Ohio State hired Bricker & Eckler, a law firm, to conduct “a comprehensive investigation of each and every allegation” and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has offered assistance from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

“The investigation includes outreach to former student-athletes, coaches and others who may have been affected or may have had knowledge of these alleged incidents. Dr. Strauss’ exact dates of service in his role as an athletic trainer are not precisely known at this time. The best available information is that he served in this role between the mid-1970s and the late 1990s. Making this determination precisely will be a part of the investigation,” Ohio State said in a news release.

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In 2014, the university conducted an investigation that led to the dismissal of the OSU marching band director over a culture that the university said facilitated sexual harassment and created a hostile environment for students.

Michigan State University is still reeling from the conviction and sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar for sexually abusing young female gymnasts who had been in his care.

In February, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has asked the state department of higher education to conduct a review of Title IX enforcement as it pertains to sexual assault on college campuses.

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The governor’s request was made in light of the Larry Nassar case at Michigan State. Nassar has so far been accused of sexually abusing more than 265 people during his time as a doctor, treating young gymnasts.

There are currently 18 active Title IX investigations underway at Ohio colleges, including two at Ohio State, two at the University of Cincinnati and three at Miami University.

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