AT PRESENT, “NO CRIMINAL CHARGES”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 6, 2018) — On Friday The Post & Email received a return phone call from the Franklin County, OH Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in response to our voice message left on Thursday about the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by a former Ohio State University physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, more than 20 years ago.
Strauss retired as a professor emeritus in 1998 and passed away in 2005.
We had specifically asked if the prosecutor’s office was currently conducting its own investigation and whether or not it expected evidence to be presented to a grand jury. At the time Prosecuting Attorney Ron O’Brien called, we were conducting an interview and therefore unable to speak with him directly.
In his voice message, O’Brien said that he had “been in contact both with the university’s general counsel as well as their outside counsel, Kathleen Trafford, and what I have determined so far with both the videotape and an audiotape the complainant submitted is that currently there’s no criminal charges within the statute of limitations that we would have a concern with.”
He added, however, that his office will “monitor” developments and that “they will update us, understanding that if there’s anything — and if there is, it would be in the nature of a cover-up — but if there’s anything within the statute of limitations that they believe constitutes a violation, they will contact us and we’ll review it for purposes of whether or not it should be presented to the grand jury.”
He invited us to call him with any additional questions we might have and left his telephone number.
Trafford is a partner at Porter Wright, the law firm designated by the Ohio attorney general’s office to represent Ohio State and launch a probe into the accusations.
Porter Wright outsourced at least part of its work to mega-law firm Perkins Coie. Two of its Chicago-based attorneys have been tasked with investigating complaints from at least five former Ohio State wrestlers who not only have accused Strauss of inappropriate behavior during checkups, but also Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan of having knowledge of the situation at the time and failing to act upon it.
Perkins Coie represented the DNC in 2016 and paid over $300,000 to FusionGPS to commission the now-infamous Trump-Russia “dossier” from former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele.
In an increasingly emotional interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier on Friday evening, Jordan vehemently denied the former students’ claims and when asked, suggested possible motivations for why two of the five named accusers might have come forward with allegedly false information.
During the 12+-minute interview, Jordan revealed that his nephew, a college student, was killed in a car accident Thursday night.
Regarding Perkins Coie’s recent claim, echoed by Trafford, that Jordan’s office was unresponsive to their attempts in May to reach him for an interview, Baier asked Jordan if he were “suggesting that this is some sort of conspiracy.” Jordan responded, “I’m not saying that at all. All I’m saying is they said they reached out to us; they sent it to a nonexistent email address…so the same law firm that can find an ex-British spy to put together a dossier to go after President Trump can’t find a congressman’s email address?…That is just complete bogus.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.