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Ohio State Team Doctor Sexually Abused At Least 177 Men, Per Investigative Report

A general view of Ohio State's stadium.

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

An investigative report, released by Ohio State itself, has revealed that a former team doctor sexually abused at least 177 men between 1979-1997. The school issued the report on Friday.

Dr. Richard Strauss, who committed suicide back in 2005, is alleged to have "groped or ogled" men from 16 of the school's different sports teams. He worked at the student health center during his time with the university.

Ohio State's president Michael Drake issued a statement on the school's website. Here's a portion of it:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

In April 2018, the university announced an independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Dr. Richard Strauss, who was employed by Ohio State from 1978 to 1998. Strauss died in 2005.

We established and announced the independent investigation after allegations were brought to the university’s attention last spring. The independent investigation is now complete.

The findings are shocking and painful to comprehend.

On behalf of the university, we offer our profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse. Our institution’s fundamental failure at the time to prevent this abuse was unacceptable — as were the inadequate efforts to thoroughly investigate complaints raised by students and staff members.

The report also concludes that university officials knew about the abuse and did "little" to stop it. Clearly, that is going to lead to a number of legal issues for the school.

Ohio State hired a law firm to investigate allegations against Strauss last year.