Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who recently tried to smear Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, has been accused of ignoring rampant sexual abuse while working as assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University from 1986 to 1994.
Jordan is accused by former wrestlers of failing to stop the team doctor, Dr. Richard Strauss, from molesting them and other students, reports NBC News.
Ohio State University announced in April that it was investigating accusations about Strauss, who died in 2005. Strauss allegedly abused team members from the mid-1970s to late 1990s.
Jordan has said he knew nothing of the abuse until former students began speaking out this spring.
Three former wrestlers told NBC News that it was common knowledge that Strauss showered regularly with students and inappropriately touched them during exams.
Former head wrestling coach Russ Hellickson has said he told Strauss that he was being too “hands on” with students.
Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler, told CNN about the abuse tat Jordan knew about it (more video below):
These conversations were not individual conversations. They were conversations with a group of athletes who were complaining on a regular basis, not only about Dr. Strauss but the conditions within the hall that forced us to take showers with, not only Dr. Strauss, but other university faculty members and professors who had access to our shower facility that led to lewd acts, masturbation, excessive soaping of the groin area.
And Dr. Strauss took a lot of showers and soaped himself a lot. When you look at the definition of sexual abuse and sexual assault — and Jim Jordan went on record saying he knew about the facilities, he took showers with us. He saw Dr. Strauss and others perform these acts in front of us.