Strauss victim prevails in getting Ohio State to release public records

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A former Ohio State student at the center of sexual abuse allegations against former university doctor Richard Strauss won a small victory against the university on Tuesday.

Stephen Snyder-Hill — who was one of more than 300 men who filed claims against Ohio State, alleging it turned a blind eye as Strauss molested students over a 20-year period — filed a separate complaint earlier this year that the university withheld public records about him that he wanted copies of.

Ohio Court of Claims Special Master Jeff Clark sided with Snyder-Hill, and then demanded that Ohio State pay him $25, along with “any other costs associated with the action.”

Snyder-Hill said he felt validated and vindicated, and that he plans to frame the $25 check.

He says he asked for the records in December of 2018, and was stonewalled for months.

“The university says it spent five months reviewing for 12 pages of documentation. So, I did a calculation for the court. And I said it sounds like about 300-thousand dollars worth of resources of attorney fees that they used just for my documentation?” said Snyder-Hill.

In a statement to NBC4, the university repeated the argument it made to the court.

Ohio State representative Benjamin Johnson said, “The 16 pages of records sought in this case were posted by the university online a year and half ago after the completion of the independent investigation. … The university and the independent investigators had serious concerns that releasing records piecemeal during the investigation would retraumatize survivors.”

“And then I reminded the court that I am one of the survivors they are talking about,” said Snyder-Hill. “They are saying that they didn’t want to re-traumatize me. I’m telling you, I am traumatized. I don’t like what they’ve done to me. I think what they’ve done is shady.”

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