Ohio State University physician Richard Strauss sexually abused at least 177 students throughout his 20-year tenure, and university officials repeatedly failed to investigate or act on complaints about his conduct from as early as 1979, according to a long-awaited report released Friday morning.

When the university did undertake a limited investigation into the now-deceased doctor’s conduct in 1996, Strauss pushed back.

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“Strauss persisted in protesting his removal from Athletics and Student Health,” and threatened to take legal action against the university and a student, according to the report’s executive summary.

Ohio State released the 180-page investigative report from Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie more than 13 months after it announced the first allegations against Strauss. The investigation included interviews with more than 500 individuals.

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