Hearings to resume on bill over Ohio State sex abuse scandal
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio House committee is resuming hearings Tuesday on a proposal to enable survivors to sue Ohio State University under state law for decades-old sexual abuse by a team doctor.
It comes a week after Gov. Mike DeWine and House Speaker Larry Householder, both Republicans, said the university should get the matter settled.
About 350 men have sued the school in federal court over its failure to stop the late Richard Strauss. Ohio State initially argued their claims are time-barred by law, then committed to a “monetary resolution.” But months of mediation haven’t produced an agreement.
The legislation would let the survivors sue under Ohio law instead. Householder expressed concerns about the retroactivity of that stalled proposal but pushed for lawmakers to resume considering it, saying he feels the university hasn’t sufficiently taken responsibility.
Ohio State officials maintain they’re actively pursuing a resolution through mediation. They point to a university-funded investigation as evidence the school has “led the effort” to investigate the allegations.
Some Strauss accusers challenge that, arguing the university was forced into action by a whistleblower and has dragged its heels in mediation.
See AP’s coverage about the allegations here: https://apnews.com/OhioStateTeamDoctor.