Referee Claims He Told GOP Rep. Jordan About Abuse by Ohio State Univ. Doctor

"Yeah, that’s Strauss," the referee said Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson replied

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A professional referee says in a lawsuit filed Thursday that disgraced doctor Richard Strauss masturbated in front of him in a shower after a wrestling match at Ohio State University, and he reported the encounter directly to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was then the assistant coach.

NBC News reports the referee, identified in court papers as John Doe 42, said Jordan and then-head coach Russ Hellickson replied, "Yeah, that’s Strauss."  

The lawsuit implies that Jordan's response to the 1994 incident was essentially a shrug. John Doe 42 is the second person to say he told Jordan directly about either being approached or molested by Strauss, who was found by independent investigators to have sexually abused 177 male students over two decades.

Jordan, a powerful Republican congressman and a top defender of President Donald Trump, has repeatedly denied knowing anything about what Strauss did to the wrestlers he helped coach from 1986 to 1994.

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