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Medical board OKs up to $200K to review sex misconduct cases

Published: January 15, 2020

COLUMBUS (AP) — The State Medical Board of Ohio has approved spending up to $150,000 more on a review of about 2,000 closed cases of alleged sexual misconduct or impropriety by doctors.
It previously approved $50,000 to pay former prosecutors or other law enforcement agents to determine whether any of those old cases were improperly closed or involved evidence of criminal misconduct that was ignored. The additional funding approved this week was sought to hire more reviewers as the board aims to have that work finished by summer.
It launched the review after learning evidence was inexplicably ignored in a 1996 investigation involving Richard Strauss, the late Ohio State University team doctor now accused of abusing hundreds of young men over two decades without facing discipline.
A state working group reviewed that investigation and found no evidence the case was intentionally buried.
The board is in the process of implementing recommendations from the working group, which included reviewing aspects of the Strauss matter and other old cases.
Last week, the board also approved spending up to $60,000 for legal help in gathering about 30 investigative depositions that the office said are needed as part of that implementation.