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May 17, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into a former Ohio State team doctor (all times local):

10:40 a.m.

Findings from an investigation into sexual abuse allegations involving a late Ohio State University team doctor say many students thought his behavior was an “open secret” within the athletic department.

The findings released Friday say at least 177 male students were sexually abused during nearly two decades by the team doctor who died in 2005.

The report by from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss says many athletes believed their coaches and trainers knew about his behavior.

Investigators say more than 50 athletic department employees who were at the university during Strauss’ tenure confirmed the students’ accounts.

Lawyers representing some of the former students who are suing Ohio State say they hope the report will force the university to take responsibility for its failure to protect them.

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9:50 a.m.

Investigators say at least 177 male students were sexually abused by an Ohio State University team doctor who died in 2005.

The university released findings Friday from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss for the school.

The report concludes that university personnel at the time had knowledge of complaints and concerns about Strauss’ conduct as early as 1979 but failed to investigate or act meaningfully.

The claims span from 1979 to 1997 and involve athletes from at least 16 sports, plus Strauss’ work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic.

Strauss killed himself in 2005. No one has publicly defended him. His family has said they were shocked at the allegations.

Two lawsuits filed against Ohio State by dozens of plaintiffs allege school officials were aware of concerns about Strauss but didn’t stop him.

The university says the lawsuits are in mediation.

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