By Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN
Nearly 30 new alleged victims of elder abuse Ohio State University Dr Richard Strauss filed a lawsuit against the university on Monday, saying the educational institution knew about, facilitated and covered up Strauss’s sexual abuse allegations for decades.
The trial identifies six of the 29 alleged male victims of abuse by name and identifies the remaining 23 victims as John Does.
Filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the lawsuit claims the men were “sexually assaulted, abused, molested and / or harassed” by Strauss while he was employed by the university from 1978 to 1998.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuit demand accountability, change and appropriate compensation from the university, according to A press release.
One of the alleged victims of abuse identified, Timothy Moxley, claims he was repeatedly assaulted by Strauss as a minor while attending a wrestling camp held on the school campus before being at again mistreated by Strauss as a student athlete at the university, according to the trial.
Another student-athlete, an All-American wrestler, said every time he gets injured he has to decide, “Is this injury bad enough that I get assaulted because of it?” the lawsuit says.
Alleged victims identified in Monday’s trial claim that “many student-athletes complained to OSU administrators and staff about Dr. Strauss’ inappropriate conduct” from 1978 to 1996.
The lawsuit states that “academic staff were aware of Strauss’ sexually abusive treatment of male student patients as early as 1979,” adding that academic staff were aware of it from the doctor’s first year of work at the university, according to the lawsuit. .
CNN reached out to Ohio State officials for a response to the lawsuit and was directed to a statement released by the university on May 7.
The statement said the university “invites eligible claimants and their attorneys who have yet to settle their claims against the state of Ohio to do so on an individual basis” through a settlement program.
According to the university, the school reached settlement agreements with 185 survivors in 17 lawsuits, totaling $ 46.7 million.
“Through the new Strauss Individual Settlement Program, the university is committed to providing an average settlement amount of up to $ 252,551 to individual survivors involved in five of the active cases against the State of Ohio,” University spokesman Benjamin Johnson told CNN.
The alleged victims of Monday’s trial are represented by Scott Elliot Smith, law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel, and Public Justice, a national non-profit legal rights organization.
A independent report commissioned by the university in 2019 found that Strauss sexually assaulted “at least 177 male student-patients” while working for the university between 1978 and his voluntary retirement in 1998.
Strauss committed suicide in 2005.
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