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Ohio State investigating sexual misconduct allegations against former wrestling trainer

Dr. Richard Strauss died in 2005
Posted: 3:09 PM, Apr 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-08 13:18:23Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against a former wrestling trainer.

The alleged misconduct by Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, is said to have occurred from the mid-1970s through the late 1990s and involved student-athletes and others.

Law enforcement has been notified, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has committed the resources of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to assist law enforcement should it be needed, according to a university statement.

DeWine appointed an outside, independent investigator, Bricker & Eckler LLP, to investigate  every allegation.

The university advises anyone who has experienced any form of sexual misconduct while enrolled at Ohio State to report to the Office of University Compliance and Integrity,  the anonymous reporting service Ethicspoint or law enforcement.  

The announcement follows a scandal involving Dr. Larry Nassar, an athletic physician at Michigan State University and team physician for USA Gymnastics. More than 150 women and girls accused Nassar of sexually abusing them under the guise of medical treatment. Nassar pleaded guilty to abusing seven girls and women.

Nassar was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison.