Time to inform the public about OSU doctor case

It is easy to understand why The Ohio State University officials have not yet released a report on their investigation of the late Dr. Richard Strauss, despite the fact it has been a year since his misdeeds came to light. Ohio State President Michael Drake says the school will release the report upon the investigation’s completion.

Strauss, who had been a doctor working with some of The Ohio State University’s sports teams, was guilty of decades of sexual misconduct. More than 150 former students have come forward with accounts of alleged abuse by Strauss.

A law firm handling the investigation has estimated more than 440 people have information involving the case. In other words, the very magnitude of allegations against Strauss is making the investigation a lengthy one.

Still, it may be time for Ohio State to issue some sort of preliminary findings in the case, then follow the investigation until the end.

“There’ll be some parts of it that we would want to be thoughtful about specifically,” Drake told another media outlet last week.

He said among those concerns is the anonymity of some survivors. It’s a fair concern; but not as difficult a problem to overcome as Drake might want to suggest.

A year ought to be enough to reach some conclusions regarding Strauss — and how he got away with his behavior for so long. Much longer, and it could be perceived as giving enough time to come up with excuses and cover.