Ohio State plans program to settle with more abuse victims

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University mentioned Monday it’s planning a person settlement program that might assist resolve more of the remaining claims over alleged sexual misconduct by Richard Strauss, the crew physician accused of abusing a whole bunch of younger males throughout his twenty years there.

In court docket filings, it revealed its intent to launch an “individual settlement program” this month for plaintiffs from 5 of the continued lawsuits, and mentioned it’s dedicated to offering a median settlement of up to about $252,000 per individual. That’s additionally the typical of the almost $47 million in settlements reached beforehand for 185 of the plaintiffs.

The program would possibly present a manner for a few of the remaining accusers to resolve their case and finish their involvement even when others proceed their litigation.

Ohio State has publicly apologized for varsity officers’ failure to cease Strauss throughout his tenure regardless of receiving complaints about him. It pledged a “monetary resolution” for these he harmed.

Roughly 400 males sued the college in the course of the previous three years over its failure to cease Strauss regardless of college students elevating considerations with faculty staff as early as 1979. Many of the lads mentioned they had been groped throughout exams.

Strauss died in 2005. No one has publicly defended him because the accusations got here to gentle.

Enrollment within the particular person settlement program could be open over the following 4 months. It could be administered by the identical one that has overseen the earlier settlements within the matter, Ohio State spokesperson Benjamin Johnson mentioned.

Through the program, “Ohio State continues its effort to reconcile and restore the bond between itself and its former students and alumni who were impacted by Strauss, and join with them in the healing process,” Michael Carpenter, a lawyer representing Ohio State, mentioned in a submitting.

It didn’t say how plans for the extra settlement program happened or why it was being provided now, and Johnson mentioned he couldn’t present that data.

An investigation performed for the college by a regulation agency discovered that Strauss’ sexual misconduct beneath the guise of medical care spanned his twenty years there and his work with varied athletic groups, a pupil well being heart and his off-campus clinic.

Last month, twenty-three new plaintiffs sued Ohio State, together with the primary feminine plaintiff to file claims about Strauss. The nameless plaintiff, who attended Ohio State from 1994 to 1998, alleges Strauss as soon as “excessively fondled” her throughout an examination.

The particular person settlement program doesn’t embrace these new plaintiffs, Johnson mentioned.

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