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DeWine Orders Probe Of State Board's Handling Of Strauss Allegations

May 21, 2019

Brian Garrett speaks with reporters
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered a working group to review the state medical board's handling of complaints against Richard Strauss, a now-dead Ohio State University team doctor who sexually abused at least 177 students decades ago. 

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

DeWine says he wants this working group to provide answers about what the medical board knew, when they knew it and how they handled it. And DeWine is calling on lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations for victims of rape.

 

“The nature of sexual assaults and the impacts they have on victims is different than other crimes.”

 

Brian Garrett says he was abused by Strauss in an off-campus clinic the doctor set up after being suspended by OSU. Garrett has questions.

 

“Why didn’t the Ohio State Medical Board? Why didn’t Ohio State report him to the police immediately? Why is a physician or person in power treated differently?”

 

An investigative report released Friday found Strauss, who is now deceased, had sexually abused at least 177 male students, including some football players and wrestlers.