A team doctor at Ohio State University sexually abused at least 177 male students over a period of nearly 20 years, an investigation has found.

The university has released findings from a law firm which investigated claims made against Richard Strauss, and concluded that leaders at the school knew about the abuse.

The claims against Strauss span from 1979 to 1997, nearly his entire time at the university.

They involve athletes from at least 16 sports, plus his work at the student health centre and the off-campus clinic.

Many accusers who have spoken publicly said they were groped and inappropriately touched during physical exams. Some said they were ogled in the locker rooms and that athletes joked about his behaviour.


He was nicknamed "Dr Jelly Paws".

The law firm behind the report interviewed hundreds of former students and university employees.

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The university's president Michael Drake offered "profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss's abuse".

He called what happened a "fundamental failure" of the institution and thanked survivors for their courage.

The university has begun the process of stripping Strauss's emeritus status.

Accusers say more than 20 school officials and staff members knew about the concerns, including a coach who is now a congressman. They say no one tried to stop him.

Image: Ohio Stadium – Richard Strauss worked with athletes at Ohio State in the 1970s, 80s and 90s

The claims are now part of two related lawsuits against Ohio State. The next stage for those is mediation.

The university said the report included determining what Ohio State knew, but the independence of the investigation has been questioned by lawyers for the accusers and the whistleblower who spurred the investigation last spring.

Ohio State tried to have the lawsuit thrown out because of time restrictions but university leaders say they are not ignoring the men's stories.

The US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights is also examining whether Ohio State responded &quoRead More – Source

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