Investigators are now looking into whether a former Ohio State University physician, accused of sexual misconduct among the university's student athletes, also may have treated high school students.

The investigation into Dr. Richard Strauss, who worked at OSU from 1978-98, began in April after allegations surfaced about misconduct with athletes on the varsity wrestling team. Strauss died in 2005 in Venice, California, at age 67.

The law firm Perkins Coie, which is conducting the independent probe, is "investigating whether, and to what extent, Dr. Strauss may have examined high school-aged students during his time at the university," OSU said in a written statement released Friday. An OSU spokesman said he didn't have any further details.

Investigators have heard reports about sexual misconduct from former student athletes from 14 varsity men's teams and from patients at Student Health Services within the Office of Student Life, another place Strauss worked. So far, the Perkins Coie firm has interviewed more than 150 former students and witnesses, according to the university.

In early June, OSU reported that "in August 1996, Strauss established a private medical office in Columbus outside the university setting, where individuals have reported that additional acts of sexual misconduct allegedly occurred."

An obituary and other publications also pointed to Strauss's involvement as a team physician for the U.S. wrestling team, though USA Wrestling, formed in 1983, has not found any connection between Strauss and the organization, a spokesman has said.

Strauss also served on various sports-science and sports-medicine publication committees with the International Olympic Committee in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the IOC confirmed.

OSU has set up a website with information about the Strauss investigation, https://compliance.osu.edu/strauss-investigation.html, asking victims to come forward with information.