Jordan Named in New Ohio State Wrestler Lawsuit


The law firm investigating allegations that a late Ohio State University physician sexually abused students has documentation about at least one incident that prompted a complaint to a student health center official in the 1990s.

Paperwork from 1995 shows a student health center director said a student's complaint about sexual misconduct by an Ohio State University doctor during an exam was the first such complaint he'd received.

As a result, Ohio State has broadly communicated about the investigation, contacting more than 115,000 alumni and former student-athletes and reaching an additional 147,000 people through university-wide notifications.

Ohio State has said university officials' response to concerns about Strauss is a key focus of the investigation.

Those interviewed include Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who denies some wrestlers' claims that he knew about abuse when he was an assistant coach at Ohio State.

Strauss died in 2005.

"The interview took place Monday morning in OH", said Ian Fury, Jordan's spokesman, in a statement.

Strauss worked at the university for almost two decades from the mid-1970s to the 1990s.

The lawsuit alleges that despite being repeatedly informed of Strauss' "sexual assault, abuse, battery, molestation, and/or harassment, OSU failed to take appropriate action (or, in fact, any action whatsoever) to stop or prevent Dr. Strauss from continuing his rampant sexual misconduct".

The plaintiffs in the case, listed only as "John Does", seek punitive damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and other relief as the court deems proper.

Former Ohio State University student Steve Snyder-Hill discusses a complaint he submitted decades ago about the behavior of Dr. Richard Strauss, during an interview at home in Columbus, Ohio.

The university in April announced that independent investigators were looking into allegations that Strauss fondled and groped male athletes during physical examinations and medical treatment.

"We are aware of reports that individuals at the university did not respond appropriately during that era", said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the university.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place between 1979 and 1997, Friday's statement said. He's said that it was a running joke that no matter what ailment a person asked Strauss to look at, the doctor would always examine his genitals. Jordan told Fox News on Thursday that he couldn't comment on the details of the probe, but reiterated that he never knew anything, "never heard" or had it reported to him that the wrestling team doctor was sexually abusing athletes.