Ohio State Sexual Misconduct Probe Reveals Over 100 Claims

Ohio State Sexual Misconduct Probe Reveals Over 100 Claims

Rep. Jim Jordan met Monday with investigators who are probing allegations of rampant sexual abuse of former Ohio State University athletes by former athletics department doctor Richard Strauss, his office confirmed.

The law firm investigating allegations that a now-dead Ohio State University doctor sexually abused students has documentation about at least one incident that prompted a complaint to a student health center official in the 1990s.

Four former Ohio State University wrestlers have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court, alleging the university knew about abuse by physician Richard Strauss but failed to stop his misconduct.

Ohio State has said university officials' response to concerns about Strauss is a key focus of the investigation.

In an interview with Fox News late Thursday morning the Ohio Congressman called the men he formerly mentored - many of whom say they consider him a friend and even say they voted for him - liars.

Jordan has repeatedly denied any knowledge of inappropriate behavior during his time as assistant wrestling coach at OSU between 1987 and 1995. His family has said they were "shocked and saddened" to learn of the allegations.

"We remain steadfastly committed to uncovering the truth", he added.

"The head coach Jordan worked for, Russ Hellickson, admits he knew Dr. Strauss was acting inappropriately with wrestlers on his team and confronted him about it", Talking Points Memo reported last week.

Strauss made a hernia check part of every exam, Sartori and other former athletes said, sometimes lingering a little too long on male athletes' genital area.

Ten former wrestlers, some of them Jordan supporters, have told NBC News and other media outlets that Strauss performed medically unnecessary examinations where they were fondled and groped.

Strauss was a university staff physician during the 1970s, '80 and '90s for several varsity sports, the school's medical center and student health clinic.

Strauss killed himself in 2005.

In the 23-page lawsuit filed on Monday the four plaintiffs each alleged that they were "sexually assaulted, battered, molested, and/or harassed" by Strauss, mostly in the 1990s during their physicals. That Ohio State's investigation has already discovered more than 100 alleged victims reinforces that expectation. One former wrestler, Dunyasha Yetts, said he had reported the abuse directly to Jordan, an account corroborated by a second wrestler, Shawn Dailey.

"I was interviewed by the folks doing the outside investigation for Ohio State, the folks at Perkins Coie", Jordan said Wednesday.

A string of former coaching colleagues and ex-athletes have spoken up in defense of Jordan, with some of them also saying they never knew of abuse while at Ohio State.

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