Rep. Jim Jordan Accused of Ignoring Sexual Abuse Allegations While He Was a Coach at Ohio State University

UNITED STATES – JUNE 26: Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, talks with reporters after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on June 26, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A former Ohio State wrestler has accused Rep. Jim Jordan — one of the most powerful conservatives in Congress — of knowingly ignoring sexual abuse allegations while Jordan was a wrestling coach at Ohio State University, according to a report by NBC News.

In April, Ohio State University officials announced it was opening an investigation into “allegations of sexual misconduct that have recently come forward regarding a former wrestling team physician, Dr. Richard Strauss.”

Strauss, who served as the wrestling team’s physician from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s, died in 2005. Jordan worked as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1987 until 1995. According to the NBC story, Jordan said he did not know anything about the alleged abuse until former student wrestlers came forward earlier this year.

Here’s more from the NBC story:

“Three former wrestlers told NBC News that it was common knowledge that Strauss showered regularly with the students and inappropriately touched them during appointments, and said it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware; one wrestler said he told Jordan directly about the abuse.”

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SOURCE: USA Today, Deirdre Shesgreen

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