Massage therapist had sex with five players

A 41-year-old woman solicited Ohio State football players and engaged in sex with some of them after offering massages, the university revealed in a report issued Thursday afternoon.

The northeast Ohio woman, whose name was redacted in the 15-page report, is a licensed massage therapist. She agreed on March 22 to surrender her license in order to forgo an investigation that she engaged in “sexual misconduct with one or more clients” as defined in the Ohio Administrative Code.

The investigation arose from a complaint filed on March 14, 2020, with the Medical Board of Ohio alleging that the woman had offered free therapeutic massages to football players as a way of initiating sexual interactions and then demanding payment.

The investigation was delayed until March 4, 2021, for unspecified reasons, and Ohio State was informed in the days following. Ohio State hired the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg as special counsel to conduct an investigation.