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 has recently announced an investigation into alleged inappropriate sexual conduct by Dr. Richard Strauss, a physician employed by the University from approximately 1978-1998.
Dr. Strauss regularly saw student athletes from over 14 different sports teams and also saw others at the University’s health centers. In response to the announcement of an investigation, reports of Strauss’s alleged sexual misconduct have begun to surface en masse from a great number of male athletes and students who indicated they were sexually abused, inappropriately touched, fondled and were otherwise victimized by Dr. Strauss, during medical exams and procedures. There are potential allegations against other University employees who may have victimized male athletes and students as well.
OSU has retained an outside law firm to spearhead its investigation into the claims of abuse. This law firm is being compensated by OSU for its efforts. Over 150 former athletes have been contacted. Our offices are conducting our own independent investigation which serves the interest of our clients and other exposed victims.
Many students were impacted by Dr. Strauss’s conduct, but at the time were unsure of how to address the abuse, which was cloaked by Dr. Strauss as necessary medical treatment. Embarrassment of reporting abuse of this nature and/or fear of losing an athletic scholarship inhibited many students from addressing the abuse in the moment, but the residuals of the abuse have lingered on for many. Some students did, however, disclose Strauss’s behaviors to various coaches and administrators at OSU at the time of the abuse. Nonetheless, no action was taken and these reports were met only with institutional indifference by OSU. Dr. Strauss took his own life in 2005.
We are representing a significant number of former OSU students in an effort to secure their individual rights. We recognize that these issues are highly private, personal, sensitive, potentially embarrassing and emotional. All of our clients’ identities will be protected from public disclosure. Accordingly, we have assembled a team of attorneys, investigators and experts who are working together to provide our clients with guidance and informed representation in their claims.
If you have been impacted by this tragic circumstance and would like to discuss your rights, call our office at 216-522-9000 to speak to attorney(s) Jack Landskroner, Hannah Klang, or co-counsel attorney Scott Smith, or simply complete our confidential contact form on this page and a member of our team will be in touch in short order to answer any questions you may have. There is no obligation or fee for this consultation and your communication will remain confidential.