Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

Two class-action lawsuits filed this week by former wrestlers claim Ohio State University turned a blind eye to a doctor's alleged sexual abuse of student athletes.

U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from the state's fourth district, is a former Ohio State wrestling assistant coach.

Former student Steve Snyder-Hill said he wrote to a student health center official in the 1990s after being examined by Dr. Richard Strauss, whose behavior is the subject of an independent investigation that began months ago.

The university said it's reviewing the litigation. In a radio interview on Wednesday, Jordan said that he told the lawyers he knew nothing about Strauss's alleged abuse.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is now claiming that the wrestlers he once coached at Ohio State are now accusing him of knowing about extremely widespread sexual abuse - because he supports President Trump.

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages to be determined by a jury and other damages and expenses. The law firm Sauder Schelkopf is seeking to represent all the students and athletes "treated" by Strauss in his two decades at the school, from the late '70s to the late '90s - a number they estimate will amount to "at least 1,500".

The group has said their question is whether Mr. Jordan has been truthful in denying any knowledge of the alleged sexual misconduct.

More plaintiffs are expected to join the lawsuit, much the same way the case against former Michigan State gymnastics team physician Dr. Larry Nassar expanded to include hundreds of victims.

Snyder-Hill contacted the investigators after seeing news reports about Strauss, and they confirmed having some paperwork about the incident.

The university announced the investigation in April after allegations about Strauss were brought forward this year.

Kudla was named first-team All-Big Ten and Ohio State's most valuable player on defense in 2005. He said Strauss did a full-body exam and inappropriately touched him.

"We are aware of reports that individuals at the university did not respond appropriately during that era", the statement said.

"I think so", Jordan replied, claiming, "the reason you see the left coming after me and lies being told is we're being effective in doing what we told the American people we're doing. Ohio State remains actively committed to uncovering what may have happened and what university leaders at the time may have known".

Four former Ohio State University varsity wrestlers sued the school on Monday, claiming its athletic doctor sexually abused them and others over 20 years and the school failed to stop it.

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