More than 100 accuse former Ohio State doctor of abuse

Sherman Parsons
July 23, 2018

Without disclosing details of his meeting with investigators, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R) defended his position Thursday that he did not know of any sexual abuse by a team doctor when he was an Ohio State University wrestling coach.

Independent investigators are reviewing allegations against Richard Strauss involving male athletes from 14 sports and other students.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, proposes to represent all former Ohio State students or athletes who were examined by Strauss, saying the number of men is in the hundreds, if not thousands.

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.

Some of the accusers have claimed that US Rep. Jim Jordan of OH - an OSU assistant wrestling coach between 1987 and 1995 - knew about the abuse but did nothing.

Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005, served in various roles in his 20 years at Ohio State, including more than a decade as a team doctor.

Ohio State has a record of at least one documented complaint against Strauss. "We remain steadfastly committed to uncovering the truth".

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The lawsuit claims OSU is culpable in part because an "appropriate person" of OSU, including but not limited to former athletic director and assistant university vice president Andy Geiger and former head wrestling coach Russell Hellickson, "had actual and/or constructive notice of sexual assault, battery, molestation, and harassment committed by Dr. Strauss".

"Maybe they're coming after us so hard because we're actually getting some things done for the American people", Jordan said Wednesday on a local OH radio station.

Earlier this week, two lawsuits seeking class-action status were filed against Ohio State in federal court.

Four wrestlers filed one of the lawsuits, and a fifth filed the other, which both make similar claims. Investigators also are looking into Strauss' work for student health services and at his off-campus medical clinic.

The plaintiff said he was inappropriately touched and sexually harassed multiple times while receiving care from Strauss. Jordan has consistently denied that he knew Strauss was engaging in misconduct toward students.

"Once they wrote me back and said that, then I was on fire, because then, I was just like, I want to validate every single person it happened to, because it was real and it happened to me", he told CBS Columbus affiliate WBNS.

"Jim Jordan is a friend of mine", the Wisconsin Republican said at a news conference on Capitol Hill.

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