Ex-wrestlers sue Ohio State over late team doctor's "rampant sexual misconduct"

Michael DiSabato alleged victim in the Ohio State University sexual abuse scandal

Michael DiSabato alleged victim in the Ohio State University sexual abuse scandal

More than 100 former students have told investigators they were victims of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased Ohio State University doctor employed by its athletic department and medical staff for almost two decades, the university said on Friday.

Three ex-wrestlers accused U.S. Representative Jim Jordan of failing to report the doctor's abuse while serving as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994.

Former Ohio State University student Steve Snyder-Hill discusses a complaint he submitted decades ago about the behavior of Dr. Richard Strauss, during an interview at home in Columbus, Ohio. "All kinds of wrestlers have said the same thing I have and the reason they have all said that is because it's the truth".

Jordan went even further, though, repeatedly labeling as liars the former wrestlers - reports say up to 11 at recent count, many of whom acknowledged having been personally sexually assaulted - who say he had to have known.

Ohio State first announced the investigation into Strauss in April, stemming from allegations of sexual abuse during his time as a team physician for the university's wrestling team.

"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss".

Strauss worked at the university for almost two decades from the mid-1970s to the 1990s. Former wrestlers say that Jordan was aware of Strauss' abuse, and did not take steps to prevent it.

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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.

Ohio State said investigators expect to conduct more than 100 more interviews and "remain in regular communication with the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office". Most of those institutions say they have little record of Strauss, and none has said any concerns were raised about him.

The complaint also mentions Jordan and wrestling coach Russ Hellickson, noting multiple instances in which wrestlers had informed the men of groping and harassment by Strauss.

"I want to assure you that we had never received a complaint about Dr. Strauss before, although we have had several positive comments", Grace's letter said.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, proposes to represent all former Ohio State students or athletes who were examined by Strauss, saying the number of men is in the hundreds, if not thousands. He has been named in a class action suit against Ohio State over the Strauss allegations.

Mr. Ryan has said he was waiting for the results of the OSU investigation before weighing in on the issue.

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