Multiple students describe sexual misconduct during exams
COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 18, 2018) - Attorney Scott Elliot Smith of Smith Law Office is representing victims of Dr. Richard Strauss, the physician formerly employed by Ohio State University who is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct of male students during medical exams and procedures.
"Many students who were abused by Dr. Strauss weren't sure what to do about it," said Smith, who is currently representing some of Strauss's victims. "They may have felt ashamed or embarrassed, or at the time were afraid of the consequences if they reported the abuse. But they deserve to know their rights and they should know their legal options."
Strauss worked for the university from 1978 to 1998, serving as doctor for many of the school's sports teams, and also saw patients at the school's health centers.
In April, the school announced an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss, noting the state attorney general had hired an independent investigator to review the allegations.
Multiple students have already come forward with claims of sexual misconduct by Strauss, describing sexual abuse, fondling and other inappropriate touching. Many did report Strauss' behavior to coaches and administrators at Ohio State at the time, but no action was taken, Smith said. Strauss took his own life in 2005.
Smith stressed that any victims who come forward can expect privacy and confidentiality. "We are fully aware of how difficult these conversations can be," he said. "We protect the identity of victims from public disclosure. Our main interest is in helping them get justice."