Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jordan Named in New Ohio State Wrestler Lawsuit

Jordan Named in New Ohio State Wrestler Lawsuit

More than 100 former students have told investigators they were victims of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased Ohio State University doctor employed by its athletic department and medical staff for almost two decades, the university said on Friday.

Those interviewed include Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, who denies some wrestlers' claims he knew about abuse while coaching at Ohio State.

Jordan interviewed this week with lawyers from Perkins Coie, the firm hired to look into Strauss.

Jordan told investigators the exact same thing he has told the public - that he knew nothing about alleged sexual abuse of Ohio State athletes by former team doctor Richard Strauss while Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at the school.

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages to be determined by a jury and other damages and expenses. His relatives have said they were shocked by sexual abuse allegations against him.

Strauss has been accused of sexually abusing student athletes involved in 14 sports, as well as patients at the campus health center, between 1979 and 1997, according to the school. Strauss retired from the university in 1998 and committed suicide in 2005.

The allegations that Mr. Jordan didn't take action to stop Dr. Strauss could complicate his political ambitions.

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The university said investigators plan 100 or more additional interviews.

Snyder-Hill said he told the officials he wanted to be notified if they ever got another complaint about Strauss, and he never heard more about it.

"I think so", Jordan replied, claiming, "the reason you see the left coming after me and lies being told is we're being effective in doing what we told the American people we're doing".

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.

Adding to the trouble for Ohio State, five former wrestlers filed two class action lawsuits against the university that accuse administrators of failing to act on Strauss' alleged abuse, despite having knowledge of it.

Strauss' personnel file at Ohio State indicates he previously did research, taught or practiced medicine at Harvard University, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington and the University of Hawaii.

A University of Hawaii spokesman said last month that UH officials had found no record of complaints against Strauss, but the school continued to investigate.

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