An independent investigation into sexual assault allegations against a now-deceased sports doctor at Ohio State University has uncovered more than 100 former students who said they were abused, the school said Friday. 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.
Earlier this week, four former wrestlers filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the university, charging former Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger and other administrators with failing to act on alleged complaints to the school's athletic and health departments that dated as far back as 1978.
More than 200 interviews with former students and university staff have been conducted and more than 100 additional interviews are anticipated.
Jordan, now a powerful OH congressman, was an assistant wrestling coach at the university at the time, and questions have emerged recently about whether he knew the alleged abuse was happening.
Those students have been interviewed as part of the investigation into allegations against the late Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.
"The interview took place Monday morning in OH", said Ian Fury, Jordan's spokesman, in a statement. 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 lawsuit filed Monday.
No abuse had ever been reported to him during in his Ohio State tenure, Jordan said.
Mr. Jordan has said he wasn't aware of any abuse at the time.
His employment records released by the university referenced no reprimands or disciplinary action over any such concerns, but Ohio State has a record of at least one documented complaint against Strauss.
The lawsuit seeks punitive damages to be determined by a jury and other damages and expenses. Attorneys filed a massive class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in OH on behalf of an as-yet-unnamed former OSU wrestler.
"Mulvin said Strauss physically examined his genitals for approximately 20 minutes, before finally asking him, "'does this thing work?' And I said 'yeah it works for my girlfriend'". The suit said the wrestlers offered drawings of potential changes to the wrestling and gymnastics locker room that would enhance safety, but Ohio State did nothing.
The university has said that it's "focused on uncovering what may have happened during this era, what university leaders at the time may have known, and whether any response at the time was appropriate".