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Associates Vouch for Integrity of Ohio Lawmaker Amid Accusations He Ignored Sexual Abuse of Student Athletes as College Coach

Former associates are coming to the defense of Congressman Jim Jordan amid accusations that the Ohio Republican ignored sexual-abuse scandals at Ohio State University while serving there as an assistant wrestling coach more than two decades ago.

“From the first day I met Jim Jordan as a student athlete, he has been the most honorable man I have ever known, and my respect and admiration for all he has done and accomplished is at the very highest level,” Russ Hellickson, former Ohio State University head wrestling coach, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

Jordan, the co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and a potential candidate for speaker of the House, was an assistant wrestling coach at the school from 1986 to 1994. On Tuesday, he told Politico that he was not aware that Ohio State’s sports physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, allegedly molested hundreds of male student athletes. Strauss  who worked at Ohio State from the late 1970s to late 1990s, died in 2005. His death was ruled a suicide.

“It’s not true,” Jordan said. “I never knew about any type of abuse. If I did, I would have done something about it. And look, if there are people who are abused, then that’s terrible, and we want justice to happen.”

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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