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.
Spox says Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State https://t.co/hdgdzGyCTK
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) July 3, 2018
Reaction on Twitter:
“Roy Moore will be a much-needed conservative voice in the Senate. I know the voters of Alabama can count on him to…always stand for the values and principles that made this nation great, and I am proud to give him my endorsement!"
— GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, pedophile protector
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) July 3, 2018
It's bad enough that Jim Jordan is apparently lying about not knowing about Ohio St wrestlers getting sexually abused by the team doc, when he was a coach. But not reporting that abuse to authorities, when the student athletes were too scared to, is really bad.
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) July 3, 2018
This seals Jim Jordan’s fate…
The Republicans will name him Speaker of the House. https://t.co/QJoPQT2Ok7
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) July 3, 2018
Incredible. This guy @Jim_Jordan has spent the last year dragging FBI officials into House hearings and screaming at them for not giving Congress enough information…and now he's accused of not reporting a child molester to school administrators. https://t.co/RpYWbyBMbu
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) July 3, 2018
Is it really a surprise that Jim Jordan, who has been covering for Trump’s crimes for the past year and a half, also could have helped cover up a sexual abuse scandal years ago?
Nope! You can’t blame the FBI this time, slime ball!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) July 3, 2018