Former Ohio State Wrestlers Sue After Alleging Abuse By Former OSU Doctor
by Steve Brown, WOSU and wire reports
A lawsuit by four former Ohio State University wrestlers alleges the school failed to stop "rampant sexual misconduct" by a now-deceased team doctor despite being repeatedly informed about his behavior.
In the federal lawsuit, four Ohio men listed as John Does say Richard Strauss sexually assaulted or harassed them in the late 1980s or 1990s.
The wrestlers' lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Meanwhile, one former student is saying publicly he warned the school more than 20 years ago about Strauss.
Steve Snyder-Hill calls it his insurance policy: A letter he wrote to OSU officials in the mid-1990s after he says Dr. Richard Strauss molested him during an exam at the student health center.
Snyder-Hill could not immediately supply a copy of the ltetter, but he says both the school and a law firm handling the Strauss investigation told him they have documentation of his complaint.
"And I put in the complaint at the time, that if this ever happens again to anybody else you had better notify me, because I will hang on to this documentation, and if this happens to other people, it's going to be really bad," Snyder-Hill says.
The law firm handling the investigation has now interviewed at least 130 people about Strauss.
There is no record of Snyder-Hill’s complaint in Strauss’ personnel file that OSU released last month.