Wrestlers sue Ohio State over doctor's sexual misconduct


COLUMBUS (AP) — Four former wrestlers say in a lawsuit that Ohio State University officials ignored repeated complaints about a now-dead team doctor and failed to stop his "rampant sexual misconduct" that went on nearly two decades.

The lawsuit describes Richard Strauss, who killed himself after retiring from the university, as "a prolific sexual predator" who might have assaulted 1,500 or more male students at Ohio State.

Athletes who alerted officials about Strauss felt their complaints were futile and that the doctor was above the law in the eyes of the university, according to the federal lawsuit filed Monday.

Among the allegations in the lawsuit is that two wrestlers met with former Athletic Director Andy Geiger during the 1994-1995 season and complained about voyeurism and lewd acts by Strauss and other men at their practice facility.

The lawsuit says the university didn't take action or agree to move the team's practices after that meeting. The team did move into a new building about eight years later.

Geiger told The Associated Press a week ago he did not remember meeting with the wrestlers or any complaints about Strauss. But he said he did speak with former wrestling coach Russ Hellickson about voyeurism in the showers.

Hellickson also has denied knowing about any abuse by Strauss.

Message seeking comment about the lawsuit were left with Ohio State today.

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