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Ohio State loses bid for release of medical board info

May 16, 2019
FILE – This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss, an Ohio State University team doctor employed by the school from 1978 until his 1998 retirement. Ohio State University wants to publicly share information about a confidential 1996 State Medical Board investigation involving Strauss, a team doctor now accused of decades-old sexual misconduct against more than 150 former students. The university on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, asked a judge for permission to make that information public in an upcoming report by a law firm investigating the men's allegations about Richard Strauss for the school. Strauss killed himself in 2005. (Ohio State University via AP, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge says it’s not up to him to decide whether Ohio State University can publicly share information from an old medical board investigation involving a team doctor accused of decades-old sexual misconduct.

A law firm is investigating allegations about the late Richard Strauss for Ohio State. The school plans to make the findings public and was seeking permission to include information about the old investigation .

The medical board argues such disclosure would undermine witnesses’ trust and its future investigations.

Judge Michael Watson ruled Thursday that Ohio State’s goal for transparency is praiseworthy. But he says he can only rule on using the old investigation in a judicial proceeding, not a publicly released report.

Over 150 alumni allege misconduct by Strauss. The medical board never disciplined him.