Ohio Republican Jim Jordan has been accused of failing to stop a team doctor from molesting wrestling students he coached more than two decades ago. Ohio State employee, Dr. Richard Strauss, died in 2005 but the university announced in April that it was investigating accusations brought against Strauss.
Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State from 1986 to 1994. He originally stated that he knew nothing of the abuses but students have started to speak out against him.
Three former wrestlers who spoke with NBC News say that Strauss would shower with the wrestlers and regularly touched them inappropriately. One of those students also claims that Jordan was told directly about the unwanted contact but did nothing to stop the doctor’s behavior.
Further, the team’s former head coach, Russ Hellickson, revealed in a video that he told Strauss to stop being so “hands on” with the students. It was Hellickson’s comments in the video that prompted Ohio State to open the investigation.
Mike DiSabato, who made the video featuring Hellickson, is adamant that Jordan knew what was going on, telling NBC News that Jordan is a liar. “I considered Jim Jordan a friend,” DiSabato said. “But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”
What unfolded over the years was a series of inappropriate advances against numerous students, typically while they were visiting Dr. Strauss in his office.
The doctor served the University from 1978 through 1996. He worked in several positions including time as the team physician from July 1981 to June 1995. He also served as an emeritus faculty member from the time he retired in 1995 until July 1998.
Strauss committed suicide in 2005
You can read more about his encounters with Ohio State wrestlers at NBC News.