Ex-Ohio State wrestler's emails to Rep. Jim Jordan allege cover-up of 'vile' sex abuse
A former Ohio State University wrestler told Fox News Thursday that he sent a series of emails to Rep. Jim Jordan about alleged sexual abuse by a group doctor in an work "to assist him recognize he necessary to step forward and lead [and] reduce through the BS at Ohio State."
Michael DiSabato has accused the Ohio Republican, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at the University of Wisconsin and a former Ohio State assistant coach, of turning a blind eye to allegations against Richard Strauss, who died in 2005.
Earlier this week, Jordan’s workplace denied knowing about any allegations against Strauss. Jordan did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
"Congressman Jordan never ever saw any abuse, by no means heard about any abuse, and never ever had any abuse reported to him in the course of his time as a coach at Ohio State," spokesman Ian Fury told Fox News.
DiSabato told Fox News that Jordan’s response to his claims has been "disappointing. The position he took was staggering at greatest. He chose to double down. Triple down."
U.S. Capitol Police are reviewing emails sent to Jordan by DiSabato, some of which date back to March. Sources inform Fox News that Jordan had previously forwarded the emails to Chief of Staff Kevin Eichinger and Jordan’s attorney. Nonetheless, an e mail sent from DiSabato at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday was "the last straw" and prompted Jordan to alert Capitol Police.
Fox News has obtained two of the emails sent to Jordan, most of which are difficult to decipher and peppered with emojis. Both messages — dated Might 6 and June 15 and bearing the subject line "WINTER IS Right here" — appear to be directed to Ohio State football legend Archie Griffin and former NCAA official Oliver Luck, the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
"I BCC over 250 of my VO BROTHERS WHO Have been RAPED and/or sexual prayed [sic] upon everyday beneath the Buckeye banner which you wanna tie your brand …" reads the Could 6 email, which closes with the phrase: "#RapeCoverUpAWayOfLife."
"VO" seems to refer to Varsity O, an alumni organization for former Ohio State athletes.
The June 15 email reads in part: "Please Jesus look down on us and save us from the international news outlets who are going to be setting up shop in columbus [sic] and Urbana Ohio this fall to give day-to-day updates on the most vile sex abuse and abuse of power scandal in modern American history of greater education and organized sport!"
The e mail refers to Jordan as "Reverend James &ndash the ‘squeaky clean’ US Congressman from Urbana, who does not recall systemic sex abuse and has by no means heard agent orange tell a lie and desires to be speaker of the residence despite his apparent lack of understanding of the systemic sex abuse&hellip."
Male athletes from 14 sports at Ohio State have reported alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss, who was on the faculty and health-related staff and published a range of study.
Ohio State has not released specifics about the claims but stated much more than 150 former students and witnesses have been interviewed so far. The college has urged any individual with information about Strauss to get in touch with the independent investigators from Seattle-primarily based law firm Perkins Coie.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
Published at Fri, 06 Jul 2018 ten:00:00 +0000