Rep. Jim Jordan Denies Knowing History of Sexual Abuse at OSU, Claims Alleged Victim is Sending Him 'Bullying' Emails

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Before Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-4th District) was a congressman, he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University. Last week, former wrestlers accused the Trump ally "of failing to protect them from sexual abuse at the hands of a team doctor."

According to NBC News, the wrestlers claim that they suffered years of abuse from Dr. Richard Strauss, who would allegedly shower with team members and touch them inappropriately during examinations.



The university announced back in April that it was investigating accusations of alleged abuse from Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s.

Rep. Jordan was the assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994, and has continued to deny any knowledge of the abuse, claiming he has only learned about the alleged activity once former students began coming forward this spring.



The alleged victims of Strauss' abuse are calling Jordan out on his denials.

Yetts, 47, of Steubenville, said Strauss groped him at least three times during routine exams when he wrestled in the early to mid-1990s. Rep. Jordan was Yetts' weight-class coach at the time, and claims the two spoke frequently about Strauss. Jordan was among the people Yetts told about groping the first time in happened in 1992, Yetts told the Associated Press Tuesday.

"He'd even make comments, 'This guy better not touch me,'" Yetts said.

As revealed today, full-grown adult human Rep. Jim Jordan is claiming that one of the alleged victims, Mike DiSabato, is “bullying him” with emails about turning a blind eye to the years of abuse at the hands of Dr. Strauss.

DiSabato publicly accused Jordan of lying about being unaware of the abuse on Tuesday during an interview with CNN. The following day, Rep. Jordan announced he will be enlisting the assistance of Capitol Hill police to combat the "bullying" emails he'd received from DiSabato over the course of a few months.

The emails were described as vaguely threatening, though no details were provided on their content.

Jordan is one of the founders of the conservative Freedom Caucus and a potential contender for speaker. He's an active critic of the Affordable Care Act, and has been desperately pushing back against the government's Russia investigation.

In his telling interview with CNN, DiSabato stated, "For Jim Jordan to not support us, not just me, but to not support the group of athletes that trained for him, with him, and competed alongside him for eight years is baffling, not just to me but our entire team."

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