100 ex-students report sex misconduct by now-dead team physician

Report: Jordan Named in New Ohio State Wrestler Lawsuit

Four former wrestlers say in a lawsuit that Ohio State University officials ignored repeated complaints about a now-dead team doctor and failed to stop his "rampant sexual misconduct" that went on almost two decades.

"The allegations date from the period 1979 to 1997 and were reported confidentially to the investigative team by former students engaged in university athletics, including male varsity athletes in 14 sports, and by former patients of Student Health Services", the university said.

Rep. Jim Jordan has been interviewed as part of an ongoing internal investigation into a sex abuse scandal at Ohio State University, the Ohio Republican said on Wednesday.

The university launched an investigation into the sexual misconduct and harassment claims against Strauss in April, after a former wrestler said he had been abused as a student.

"I don't believe them at all", President Donald Trump told reporters earlier this month when asked about the accusations levied against Jordan and the congressman's subsequent denial. Athletes who alerted officials about Strauss felt their complaints were futile and that the doctor was above the law in the eyes of the university, according to the lawsuit filed Monday. The victims, the school said, could have included high school-age students while he was still employed at Ohio State.

The wrestlers' lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.




Strauss killed himself in 2005.

New details of an independent investigation into sexual allegations against Strauss were announced by Ohio State University officials on Friday.

The news comes days after a group of former athletes filed a pair of class-action lawsuits against the school. His abuses are alleged to have ranged into the hundreds, if not thousands, and student-athletes have said the misconduct was widely known. Strauss used this position of trust and authority to sexually abuse Plaintiff on multiple occasions, by engaging in acts that include, but are not limited to: "harassment and inappropriate touching during examinations, including regularly touching Plaintiff's genitals and breast areas, often at the same time, regularly measuring Plaintiff's scrotum, and taking photographs of Plaintiff".

As reported by the Washington Post, Jordan appeared on an OH radio program Wednesday morning where he spoke about the interview and denounced those who have criticized his denials.

Jordan, founder of the conservative Freedom Caucus and possible successor to House Speaker Paul Ryan, has received support from former coaches and wrestlers.

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