Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

Ohio lawmaker accused of ignoring abuse of Ohio State student-athletes

Super PACs ramp up Missouri ad buys MORE (R-Ohio) on Friday repeatedly denied claims that he knew of alleged sexual abuse taking place on the Ohio State University wrestling team while he served as assistant coach, while calling into question the timing of the allegations.

Doug Andres, a spokesman for Ryan, said in a statement Tuesday that "these are serious allegations and issues. If they had I would have dealt with it".

Four former OSU wrestlers have now gone public with their stories, detailing alleged sexual molestation by Strauss during medical appointments to NBC News.

A spokesman for Mr. Jordan, a founder of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus who represents a solidly Republican district in OH, said the congressman was unaware of any abuse. He's taken leading roles in fighting the Affordable Care Act and in pushing back against the government's Russian Federation investigation, most recently interrogating Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in committee.

"The one wrestler who claims that he directly reported this to Jim Jordan also reportedly had just gotten out of 18 months in jail for bilking investors out of about $2 million".

The university has urged anyone with relevant information about Strauss to contact the law firm Perkins Coie, which is conducting an independent investigation.

Perkins Coie also is reviewing whether Strauss examined high school students. He said he was surprised Jordan had denied knowing anything about it: "I would say that's kind of hurtful". They say U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who has expressed interest in running for House speaker, knew at the time that the doctor was groping male wrestlers. Sources tell Fox News that Jordan had previously forwarded the emails to Chief of Staff Kevin Eichinger and Jordan's attorney.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday, "I believe Jim 100 percent".

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Attempts to reach Yetts were not successful Tuesday.

One of the other two men, who CNN is not identifying, says on the video that the doctor went beyond the normal health-care practices.

A source in Jordan's office, who described the emails as " weird, seemingly unhinged", told ABC News the lawmaker received the emails on his personal account and they were turned over by his staff to Capitol Police for their expert assessment. DiSabato, 50, said he was moved to tell Ohio State of Strauss' actions after hearing accounts a year ago of gymnasts sexually abused by sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Before meeting with university officials, he said, he had contacted Mr. Jordan, with whom he said he spoke regularly.

Doug Andres says the university has "rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter" and the speaker will "await the findings of that inquiry".

"Conversations in a locker room are a lot different than allegations of abuse, or reported abuse to us", Jordan replied.

"I love Jimmy to death", the ex-wrestler said.

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