This undated file photo shows a photo of Dr. Richard Strauss, a team physician at Ohio State University employed by the school from 1978 until his retirement in 1998. Strauss accused of fondling young men decades ago also had a clinic for off-campus men, which was marketed in the campus newspaper with advertisements promising quick treatment of genital problems, plus a student discount.
The Ohio State University team doctor accused of scoring dozens of young men decades ago also had an off-campus men's clinic that was marketed in the campus newspaper with a series of advertisements promising quick treatment of genital problems , plus a student discount, according to two former employees.
The announcements published in the fall of 1996 rated it as "Clinics for American Men" and did not mention the deceased physician, Richard Strauss, but the connection was confirmed by two former nursing students who say they made appointments and reservations for another job. administrative for Strauss. One of the former students said that Strauss touched him inappropriately during a test at the clinic, and wondered if others were abused there.
Former employees describe a bare-bones clinic installed in an office building about a mile from the campus: Strauss was the only doctor, contrary to the ads. He did some tests without anyone else present and without gloves. The information in the medical charts was minimal. Athletes from the state of Ohio occasionally went through the exams. All patients were directed from a waiting area to an examination room that had very little medical equipment, and then to a different exit so they would not see anyone else later, the former employees said. One remembers to use a cash box to hold payments.
An announcement of an off-campus clinic operated by former Ohio State Dr. Richard Strauss, who is accused of groping for young men, appeared in the November 1, 1996 issue of The Lantern.
It seemed to be a real but odd part-time business, and it was understandable that patients with potentially embarrassing problems would appreciate privacy and discretion, but the recently raised accusations against Strauss throw everything in a much more suspicious way, the former-employees said.
"It was not like in any doctor's office I've seen, and I've been to a lot of things," said Brian Garrett, who said he worked briefly for Strauss, but resigned immediately after witnessing and experiencing sexual abuse by the doctor during tests at the clinic one day. Garrett said he was embarrassed and repressed what happened, keeping it to himself until this year.
The second former employee, a former nursing student working in health care, said that Strauss sometimes mentioned that an athlete visited the office at night and told the employee to go home.
That worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he does not want to associate with Strauss, said that Strauss did not abuse him and never witnessed a bad behavior or heard or saw signs of distress from patients during the few months he worked there. , beginning at the end of 1996
Strauss's behavior in his private medical practice is now part of the ongoing investigation by an outside law firm that is also examining allegations involving the Ohio State Student Health Center and male athletes from at least 16 sports, including some plaintiffs in three related lawsuits against the school.
In this archive photo of July 3, 2018, Brian Garrett speaks during an interview at his home in Powell, Ohio. Garrett, is among the approximately 145 alumni who have reported cases of sexual misconduct by the team physician at Ohio State University, Richard Strauss.
Former athletes say they expressed verbal concerns about Strauss as early as 1978, near the start of his two decades at the university.
An independent investigation into Dr. Richard Strauss is ongoing in the state of Ohio
Garret is among 145 alumni who gave researchers first-hand accounts of alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss between 1979 and 1997.
Strauss committed suicide in 2005. His relatives have said they were surprised by the accusations.
The school has urged everyone with information about him to contact researchers at Seattle-based Perkins Coie, who is not proactively contacting potential victims due to concerns that they may re-traumatize them.
Some of Strauss' accusers claim that Ohio state officials did not adequately respond to the concerns raised during their two decades there. The university has said that it is a key part of the investigation and that the school is committed to discovering the truth.
Strauss committed suicide in 2005. His relatives have said they were shocked by the allegations of sexual abuse.
He documented at least one complaint before Strauss dropped out of the university in 1998. A director of a health center said that a student's report of being inappropriately touched by Strauss during a test in 1995 was the first complaint he received. .
That was a year before Strauss launched his clinic off campus, which was open for less than two years.
An independent investigation is ongoing in the state of Ohio, which says it is committed to learning the truth.
The accusations that people at Ohio State did not respond properly at the time are worrisome and are a critical focus of current research, "University spokesman Benjamin Johnson said in a statement in July.
A total of three lawsuits seek unspecified monetary damages, but unlike the first two, the most recent case, filed in July, does not propose to represent all Ohio State students abused by Strauss.
That lawsuit describes the other plaintiffs, most of whom are not named, as members of the tennis, football, basketball and track and field teams during the 1980s who repeatedly experienced sexual misconduct by Strauss. In some cases, it says that they complained to their coaches or coaches about their behavior.
Some former fighters have said the same and directed their most vivid criticism to the Republican representative of the United States. UU Jim Jordan, assistant wrestling assistant in the state of Ohio from 1987 to 1995. The Ohio congressman, who on Thursday threw a long-range bet to become the next Speaker of the House, denies the fighters' claims that he knew about the abuse when I was training.
Former athletes claim that the recreational center in Ohio, where a team doctor allegedly assaulted dozens of men, was a "gauntlet of sexual deviation." Rep. Jim Jordan (pictured), a former college wrestling coach, says he knew nothing about it.