A federal judge dismissed cases brought against Ohio State University by several former students linked to sexual violence, which he said had suffered against former athletic team Doctor Richard Strauss.
Judge Michael Watson said that Strauss – who committed suicide in 2005 – abused hundreds of young men.
However, he granted OSU's motion to refuse on the grounds that the limitation statute for victims to file a lawsuit was passed according to a court filing in the U.S. Southern District Court on Wednesday.
The limitation of 20 years for criminal rape in Ohio is reported by NBC News.
Nearly 180 men who went to Ohio State University claimed that the doctor had abused them sexually more than two decades ago. According to the May 2019 report, university workers who knew of the abuse had failed to act.
The Task Force identified 1,254 closed cases of sexual molesting over 25 years and finally decided to treat 91 as active cases.
The University has entered into settlement agreements with over 230 survivors and will continue to cover the costs of professionally accredited counseling and treatment for all Strauss-affected persons, stated Ohio State University on Wednesday.
The applicants consider an appeal, lawyers who represent them said in a declaration cited by an NBC affiliate. Watson's ruling was "deeply disappointing" by the legal team.
In March, 91 cases of sexual assault against physicians and other licensed professionals were reopened by the State Medical Board of Ohio, according to a report on historic sex abuse cases.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine created the task force to produce the report in 2019 in response to the Strauss scandal. He left college in 1998 and died in 2005 by suicide.
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