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Shocking new allegations accuse Ohio State University of turning a blind eye to dangerous sexual predators. In two new lawsuits, former student-athletes describe horribly botched sexual abuse investigations, missed opportunities and ruined lives.
Ohio State Wrestlers Accuse University In Richard Strauss Case
In the newest complaint, a class action filed in July 2018, four former Ohio State wrestlers accuse the school's administration of failing to stop Richard Strauss, a team doctor the men say may have groped hundreds or even thousands of training young athletes during physicals.
Between the 1970s and 1990s, the plaintiffs contend, Strauss subjected male athletes from at least 14 sports to "excessive and medically unnecessary fondling, touching and groping." The doctor was "quietly" allowed to retire in 1997, after Ohio State finally opened an investigation into Strauss' conduct.
Did Ohio State Fail To Protect Young Wrestlers?
The expulsion came too late, however, according to recent allegations. Interviewed by NBC News, six former Ohio State wrestlers say they took their concerns to coaches and administrators at the school over the years, reporting molestation, uncomfortable check-ups and other apparent misconduct.
The University's student health center received a report in 1978, while two reports were made to former-Athletic Director Andy Geiger in the mid-1990s and the school's former-wrestling coach, Russ Hellickson, had notice as well, the men say.
But throughout those years, instead of protecting young student-athletes from egregious harm, the new lawsuit claims, Ohio State repeatedly made attempts to downplay and conceal the scandal, allowing Strauss to continue in his employment and victimize other young men.
Strauss died in 2005, but his legacy of alleged pain and terror lives on at Ohio State, the wrestlers allege. These new allegations only add to the scandal surrounding the history of sexual abuse and exploitation in Ohio State athletics. In July 2018, a former USA Diving-affiliated coach from Ohio State was accused of committing heinous sexual abuse by one former diver who trained through Ohio State's Diving Club.
Attorneys Launch Ohio State Wrestling Investigation
In light of these shocking lawsuits, our experienced sexual assault attorneys have opened a full investigation into Ohio State's sexual assault response and prevention policies. In both lawsuits, former student-athletes accuse Ohio State officials, administrators and coaches of facilitating rampant sexual abuse through the concealment of evidence and downplaying of sexual assault reports. If true, these allegations must be met with swift and strong action.
Our dedicated personal injury attorneys are here to help. To further our investigation, we're reaching out to the people who are affected most by this issue. Were you or a loved one sexually abused while training in Ohio State's wrestling program?
We want to hear from you. Some assault survivors may be eligible to pursue financial compensation and accountability by filing a private civil lawsuit. Learn more about your legal options in a free consultation now.