Ohio State team doctor sexually abused 177 students over decades, report finds

A former Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from 1979-96, according to an investigative report released Friday.

The abuse included athletes from at least 16 school sports teams and also encompassed other students who saw Dr. Richard Strauss at the school’s student health center and an off-campus clinic.

According to the report, the school “had knowledge” of sexually abusive treatment from Strauss as early as 1979, “but reports about Strauss’ conduct were not elevated beyond the Athletics Department or Student Health until 1996.”

Strauss died in 2005. He was employed by the university from 1978-98 but was suspended from his work as a treating physician in January 1996 after a patient accused Strauss of fondling him during a genital examination.