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May 17, 2019
A report says a former Ohio State team doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students pleaded with administrators to keep his job. The report released Friday says Dr. Richard Strauss was fired as a doctor for athletic teams and at a student health center. But he was allowed to retire from a faculty position at the university and received emeritus status based on his longstanding service and commitment. A message seeking comment has been left for then-President Gordon Gee.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into a former Ohio State team doctor (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

A report says a former Ohio State University team doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students pleaded with university administrators to keep his job near the end of his tenure.

The report released Friday says Dr. Richard Strauss sent letters in 1997 to administrators, including then-university president Gordon Gee (GEE’) as abuse allegations mounted.

He was fired as a doctor for athletic teams and at a student health center. But he was allowed to retire from a faculty position at the university and received emeritus status based on his longstanding service and commitment.

A message seeking comment on the report was left for Gee, who is now president of West Virginia University.

A yearlong investigation says Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students and that university personnel at the time knew about complaints.

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11:10 a.m.

A former high school wrestler told investigators that an Ohio State University team doctor sexually abused him when the student was 14.

The unnamed student went on to attend Ohio State. An investigative report released Friday says the abuse occurred while the late Dr. Richard Strauss was conducting a body-fat testing study at a Columbus-area high school in 1982 or 1983.

The student asserted that Strauss molested other minors during the course of the doctor work with high schools and the Ohio State wrestling camp. But investigators do not have any other firsthand accounts of the behavior in relation to those activities.

The report from a law firm that investigated the accusations against found that that the doctor sexually abused at least 177 men. The report also concluded that school leaders were knew at the time.

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10:40 a.m.

Findings from an investigation into sexual abuse allegations involving a late Ohio State University team doctor say many students thought his behavior was an “open secret” within the athletic department.

The findings released Friday say at least 177 male students were sexually abused during nearly two decades by the team doctor who died in 2005.

The report by from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss says many athletes believed their coaches and trainers knew about his behavior.

Investigators say more than 50 athletic department employees who were at the university during Strauss’ tenure confirmed the students’ accounts.

Lawyers representing some of the former students who are suing Ohio State say they hope the report will force the university to take responsibility for its failure to protect them.

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9:50 a.m.

Investigators say at least 177 male students were sexually abused by an Ohio State University team doctor who died in 2005.

The university released findings Friday from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss for the school.

The report concludes that university personnel at the time had knowledge of complaints and concerns about Strauss’ conduct as early as 1979 but failed to investigate or act meaningfully.

The claims span from 1979 to 1997 and involve athletes from at least 16 sports, plus Strauss’ work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic.

Strauss killed himself in 2005. No one has publicly defended him. His family has said they were shocked at the allegations.

Two lawsuits filed against Ohio State by dozens of plaintiffs allege school officials were aware of concerns about Strauss but didn’t stop him.

The university says the lawsuits are in mediation.