Dr. Richard Strauss/The Ohio State University Claims for Alleged Sexual Abuse
Breaking: In a major victory for this case, Judge Michael H. Watson of the Southern District of Ohio ruled on 1/17/19 that plaintiffs can proceed to mediation with Ohio State. If you are an abuse survivor who has not yet joined the lawsuit, we urge you to contact us immediately.
The Ohio State University (OSU) announced an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss, an employee of the University as a physician from about 1978-1998.
As a doctor at the University's health centers, Dr. Strauss regularly saw student athletes from approximately 14 varsity sports teams as well as other patients. Reports indicate that numerous male athletes and students were allegedly sexually abused, inappropriately touched, fondled or otherwise subject to Dr. Strauss' actions or comments during medical exams and procedures. Other reports indicate that additional University employee made inappropriate physical contact with athletes and students as well.
Dr. Strauss reportedly died by suicide in 2005, but claims have surfaced that infer the university knew of and may bear responsibility for his alleged wrongdoing during his tenure. At the time, many students were unsure of how to respond to the inappropriate conduct and comments or were afraid to come forward. However, some student athletes claim to have reported Dr. Strauss's behavior to coaches and administrators at OSU. An investigation is underway to determine if the conduct was met with institutional indifference and what action, if any, was taken by the University to protect the student athletes.
Our law firm, along with the law firms of Landskroner, Grieco and Merriman from Cleveland Ohio and Public Justice from Washington DC, is representing many former OSU student athletes who seek answers from OSU, changes in OSU's system of oversight to ensure this conduct is not repeated, and compensation for the harm caused. We understand the need for discretion and confidentiality in handling these highly sensitive and emotional matters, and we are protecting our clients' identities from public disclosure.
If you have been affected by the alleged abuse at Ohio State, please call us at 614.846.1700 or 888-311-LAWS (5297) to speak with attorney Scott Elliot Smith, or fill out the contact form on this page. Your initial consultation is free and all communication with our firm is strictly confidential.