UPDATE: Lawyers in Ohio State doctor sex abuse case to see full report

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 05/25/19

A judge says lawyers for men who allege they were sexually abused decades ago by an Ohio State team doctor should get to see the unredacted findings of a law firm that investigated the claims for the university.

The public version released last week blacked out details related to an old, confidential State Medical Board investigation involving Dr. Richard Strauss.

The federal judge overseeing related lawsuits against the school ruled Friday that Ohio State must provide the full report to the plaintiffs' lawyers in the mediation process, for the attorneys' eyes only.

Investigators concluded that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students between 1979 and 1997, and that university officials knew about concerns but did little to stop him.

Strauss died in 2005. No one has publicly defended him.

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UPDATE: 05/18/19 12:35 p.m.

An attorney who is preparing a lawsuit against Ohio State University on behalf of more than 50 former athletes who say they were abused by a team physician says most of those clients were football players from the school's storied program, including well recognized stars who went on to the NFL.

Dayton attorney Michael Wright told The Associated Press on Saturday that the abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss occurred during required physical examinations at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, during treatment for injuries and ailments at Strauss' off-campus clinic and at his home. Strauss killed himself in 2005.

An investigative report released Friday finds that Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students but it makes only one specific reference to football players.

An Ohio State spokesman declined to comment.


UPDATE: 05/18/19 11:15 a.m.

The whistleblower credited with prompting an investigation of sexual abuse of students and athletes by a now-dead team doctor at Ohio State University says in a statement he feels "vindicated" but has mixed feelings about the law firm's findings released Friday.

Mike DiSabato, a former Ohio State wrestler, met with school officials in March 2018 to discuss the abuse that he and other athletes suffered at the hands of Dr. Richard Strauss, prompting the school to hire Seattle-based Perkins Coie to conduct an investigation.

"Although a weight has been lifted off my back, I am deeply saddened to hear and relive the stories of so many others who suffered similar abuse by Dr. Strauss while Ohio State turned a blind eye," DiSabato's statement said.

He says the Perkins Coie report gives him "courage and strength to keep fighting to ensure Ohio State is held accountable for the damage and trauma they caused me and my family."

Attorneys for DiSabato and more than 50 other former Ohio State athletes are preparing to sue the school for damages.


UPDATE: 05/18/19 5:15 a.m.

Victims of a now-dead Ohio State team doctor are reacting with shock, grief and anger at investigative findings documenting a heinous pattern of sexual abuse that many of them say they experienced as young men and then worked for decades to forget.

Their reactions follow the university's release of a report Friday that found Dr. Richard Strauss groped, ogled or otherwise sexually mistreated at least 177 male students from at least 16 sports, and at the student health center and an off-campus clinic.

One victim said the report left him angrier than before. He said he witnessed Strauss' abuse and then experienced it himself.

The report said that Ohio State personnel knew of complaints and concerns about Strauss' conduct but failed for years to investigate or take meaningful action.

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UPDATE: 05/11/19

Five more former Ohio State University students who claim they were abused by a former university physician and team doctor have sued the school.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit filed Friday are identified as "John Does" to protect their identities. Three of the men say they were wrestlers and two sought treatment at a university health center.

As in previous lawsuits, the former students say they were fondled and asked inappropriate questions during examinations by the late Dr. Richard Strauss , who worked at the university from 1978 to 1998. Strauss killed himself in California in 2005.

A university spokesman said Saturday that Ohio State is reviewing the latest lawsuit.

The school is awaiting results from a law firm's investigation into allegations of abuse by Strauss.

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UPDATE: 02/02/19

Ohio State says it will use a third-party facilitator to help provide free counseling for former students who allege sexual misconduct by a university team doctor decades ago.

Over 150 alumni have reported they experienced misconduct by the late Dr. Richard Strauss between 1979 and 1997. An investigation is ongoing .

A letter sent Friday to 115,000 alumni from that era says Praesidium will help alumni access counseling needed because of Strauss' conduct, and no contact with OSU is required. Those who already pursued such counseling because of Strauss can seek further resources through Praesidium.

Some Strauss accusers have sued OSU , arguing it ignored or didn't stop Strauss' misconduct.

An attorney for some plaintiffs says the counseling offer is a positive step but decades late.

Strauss died in 2005.

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UPDATE: 11/16/18 11:20 A.M.

Ohio State University trustees are hearing directly from former students who say they were sexually abused by a team doctor, allegations that span the late physician's two decades at the school.

Seven accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss are scheduled to talk about how the abuse has impacted their lives and to request changes at a trustees' meeting Friday. The board has set aside 20 minutes to hear the former students' stories, but their remarks could go longer.

Strauss killed himself in 2005. His relatives have said they're shocked by the allegations first raised in April.

A law firm investigating abuse claims told the university's governing board Thursday that about 150 former students have given firsthand accounts of alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss between 1979 and 1997.

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UPDATE: 11/10/18

Ohio State University's trustees will hear directly from former students who say they were sexually abused by a team doctor, allegations that span the late physician's two decades at the school.

Alumnus Brian Garrett says he and other accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss asked to speak so they can share their stories, seek help and request changes. He says they don't want to discuss their lawsuits against Ohio State.

The board says it's setting aside 20 minutes to hear students' stories at next Friday's trustees' meeting

Strauss killed himself in 2005. His relatives have said they're shocked by the allegations first raised in April.

A law firm investigating abuse claims has heard from at least 145 ex-students who have shared firsthand accounts of alleged misconduct by Strauss between 1979 and 1997.

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UPDATE: 08/27/18

The scandal over decades-old sexual misconduct by a team doctor at Ohio State University has drawn comparisons with the Larry Nassar abuse case at Michigan State University.

Dr. Richard Strauss was a professor and physician at Ohio State from 1978 to 1998 who killed himself in California in 2005 at age 67. Ohio State announced earlier this year that it would be investigating Strauss for claims that he abused wrestlers and other athletes at the school during his tenure.

Ohio State has said more than 100 former students have shared firsthand accounts of Strauss acting inappropriately.

Nassar will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty in separate cases to child pornography charges and sexual abuse of female gymnasts.

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AP reporter Kantele Franko contributed to this report.

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UPDATE: 08/16/18

Federal officials will investigate Ohio State University's response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s.

The school says the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will investigate whether Ohio State has responded "promptly and equitably" to students' complaints, including claims that school officials knew about misconduct by Dr. Richard Strauss but didn't stop him.

The university's chief compliance officer says it responded appropriately when allegations were made this year about Strauss, who killed himself in 2005.

Some former students say they raised concerns about Strauss to university employees decades ago. Ohio State says allegations that staff didn't properly respond back then are a key part of an ongoing independent investigation.

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UPDATE: 08/11/18

The list of officials said to have known of alleged sexual abuse by an Ohio State University team doctor has continued to grow over the last few weeks.

Several former students and student-athletes at Ohio State have described abuse they suffered at the hands of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked at the university from 1978 until he retired in 1998.

Interviews with Strauss' victims and lawsuits filed on their behalf name several Ohio State officials alleged to have done nothing about the abuse.

They include former wrestling, track and tennis coaches, an athletic director and the head of the student health services center.

The university commissioned an independent investigation, with an outside law firm receiving dozens of first-hand accounts of abuse to date.

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UPDATE: 07/07/18

The family of a former Ohio State University team doctor accused by athletes of sexual misconduct says it is "shocked and saddened" by the allegations and is cooperating with the school's independent investigation.

The Columbus Dispatch in a story published online Saturday said the statement was emailed by Scott Strauss, the son of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, who killed himself in 2005 at age 67. The statement says Strauss' family learned from news reports about the allegations that athletes were fondled by Strauss during medical examinations. The allegations date back to the 1970s.

Scott Strauss did not return messages Saturday or those previously left with him by The Associated Press.

The statement says "along with the alleged victims, our family seeks the truth."

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UPDATE: 07/01/18

Ohio State University says the firm investigating former athletes' allegations of sexual misconduct by a now-dead team doctor also is reviewing whether he examined high school students.

A spokesman said Friday that Ohio State couldn't provide details about what prompted independent investigators to look into Richard Strauss' potential interactions with high school students.

Men from 14 Ohio State sports teams have reported alleged misconduct by Strauss. He also worked in student health services, published a variety of research and had an off-campus medical office.

Ohio State says over 150 former students and witnesses have been interviewed, so far. The school has urged anyone with information to contact the independent investigators from the law firm Perkins Coie.

Strauss killed himself in 2005. Messages seeking comment from surviving relatives haven't been returned.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 06/17/18

A law firm representing Ohio State University says claims about a former campus doctor allege sexual misconduct not only in his interactions with student-athletes but also later at his private, off-campus medical office.

The investigators and the university haven't publicly disclosed details about the allegations involving Dr. Richard Strauss' off-campus medical practice, how those claims came to light or to what extent they are part of the ongoing, independent investigation .

The allegations were mentioned without elaboration when a lawyer updated university officials in early June about the investigation into Strauss, who died in 2005.

Former student-athletes from more than a dozen Ohio State athletic teams have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss.

The Associated Press hasn't been able to locate relatives of Strauss who could be asked about the allegations.

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