COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Ohio State University president says he has no memory of a former athletic team doctor or any complaints about him sexually abusing male students.
A report released Friday says the now-dead doctor accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students pleaded with university administrators in the late 1990s to keep his job near the end.
The report says Dr. Richard Strauss sent letters to administrators, including then-university President Gordon Gee (GEE’) as abuse allegations mounted.
Gee is now the president at West Virginia University. He says he told investigators at Ohio State that he had no recollection of Strauss. Gee says he has always taken allegations brought to his attention seriously.
A yearlong investigation says Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students and that university personnel at the time knew about complaints.