Wrestlers Sue Ohio State Over Late Doctor's Sexual Misconduct

Dr. Richard Strauss. Former Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and former vice president of human resources Linda Tom tell The Columbus Dispatch they don't remember receiving any complaints about the now

Ex-Ohio State wrestlers sue school claiming it ignored sexual abuse

Following reports that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was recently interviewed by lawyers conducting an investigation for Ohio State University over allegations that a former doctor abused wrestlers decades ago when Jordan was a coach for the team, Jordan continued to claim he was under attack from the left.

Steve Snyder-Hill says he wrote the letter after seeing Richard Strauss about a lump on his chest. He died in 2005. Snyder-Hill recalls that Strauss also did a genital exam and pressed himself into him, at which point the patient realized the doctor had an erection.

None of the six former athletes interviewed by The Post reported Strauss to their coaches, and none of them said they had talked to investigators.

"Congressman Jordan told the investigators what he has told the media since the story broke: he never saw any abuse, never heard of any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him", Ian Fury, Mr. Jordan's spokesman, said Wednesday. The statement said, in part, that OSU remains "actively committed to uncovering what may have happened and what university leaders at the time may have known" about Strauss' alleged actions.

Representative Jim Jordan served as an assistant wrestling coach at University from 1987 to 1995.

"We are grateful to those who have come forward and remain deeply concerned for anyone who may have been affected by Dr. Strauss' actions", Drake said.

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Athletes who alerted officials about Strauss felt their complaints were futile and that the doctor was above the law in the eyes of the university, according to the federal lawsuit filed Monday. Those who say they've been interviewed include wrestlers who say they were groped during physicals and a former student who says he witnessed and experienced sexual abuse in one day while working at Strauss' off-campus medical office in the mid-1990s.

His attorney, Bradley Koffel, said Smith is accused by his ex-wife of driving to her apartment after she told him they would meet elsewhere so he could drop off their son.

"I specifically remember people joking that you didn't want Dr. Strauss because of the in-depth hernia checks", he said.

The plaintiff said he was inappropriately touched and sexually harassed multiple times while receiving care from Strauss.

In the federal lawsuit filed Monday, July 16, 2018, four OH men listed as John Does say Strauss sexually assaulted or harassed them in the late 1980s or 1990s. The UH spokesman said officials found little information related to Strauss beyond employment records saying he was an associate professor for two years starting in 1972.

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