Staunch Donald Trump defender Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) reportedly ignored sexual abuse while he was the wrestling coach at Ohio State University, NBC News reports. Jordan, who is now actively trying to undermine the Russia investigation to help Trump, denies he had any knowledge of the sexual abuse claims by team doctor Richard Strauss.

Three former wrestlers told NBC News that it was common knowledge that Strauss showered regularly with the students and inappropriately touched them during appointments, and said it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware; one wrestler said he told Jordan directly about the abuse.

Former head coach Russ Hellickson, Jordan’s mentor, said in a recent video — made by Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler — that Hellickson had told Strauss that he was being too “hands on” with students. DiSabato, whose allegations against Strauss prompted Ohio State to open its investigation, called Jordan a “liar.” Source: NBC News

If Jordan knowingly covered up the sexual abuse, he could be criminally liable, as we saw play out in the case of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse at Penn State University and Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of gymnasts at Michigan State University. Both universities had to pay out a lot of money to the victims.

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