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Over 100 Former Students Have Accused Former Ohio State Team Doctor Of Sexual Misconduct

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In April, Ohio State announced an investigation into former team physician Richard Strauss over accusations of sexual misconduct by former Buckeye athletes. Today, the school announced that at least 100 former students have come forward.

Strauss worked at Ohio State from 1978-1998. The former doctor took his own life in 2005, at the age of 67.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the former student-athletes represent 14 different Buckeye men's teams. From the paper's report:

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. Since then, the investigation has continued to expand, with athletes from 14 men’s varsity sports and former patients of Student Health Services reporting allegations about Strauss.

Investigators from Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie have now interviewed more than 200 former students and staff believed to have information regarding the allegations involving Strauss, the university announced Friday.

Investigators also expect to conduct more than 100 additional interviews and are also “in regular communication” with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Ohio State said.

The Richard Strauss investigation may wind up having a significant impact on local Ohio politics.

U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from the state's fourth district, is a former Ohio State wrestling assistant coach. Former wrestlers say that Jordan was aware of Strauss' abuse, and did not take steps to prevent it. From NBC News:

One of the wrestlers, Shawn Dailey, said he was groped half a dozen times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s, when Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach. Dailey said he was too embarrassed to report the abuse directly to Jordan at the time, but he said Jordan took part in conversations where Strauss' abuse of many other team members came up.

"I participated with Jimmy and the other wrestlers in locker-room talk about Strauss. We all did," Dailey, 43, told NBC News, referring to Jordan. "It was very common knowledge in the locker room that if you went to Dr. Strauss for anything, you would have to pull your pants down.”

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Also Thursday, Mark Coleman, another former wrestler and a former UFC world champion, told The Wall Street Journal that Jordan was aware of the abuse and had not taken action. “There’s no way unless he’s got dementia or something that he’s got no recollection of what was going on at Ohio State,�� said Coleman, who said he was Jordan's roommate on several wrestling trips.

Jordan is one of the representatives floated as a possibility to succeed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan upon his retirement. He denies having any knowledge of Strauss' alleged abuse, and says that he would've acted if he did. He has been named in a class action suit against Ohio State over the Strauss allegations.

Ohio State has encouraged anyone with more information about the allegations against Strauss to contract investigators at osu@perkinscoie.com.

[The Columbus Dispatch]