A former Ohio State University wrestler who accused Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan of ignoring sexual misconduct by a university physician more than two decades ago was convicted of misdemeanor telephone harassment Monday.
Michael DiSabato, the first person to report allegations that Jordan was covering up sexual abuse against Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss was convicted in a one-day jury trial on charges of misdemeanor telephone harassment, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The news comes after he reportedly intimidated and bullied the widow of a Marine who was killed in combat in Iraq over a memorial fund set up in her husband’s name.
“I question the intent, the authenticity, the verity, that Mike DiSabato shares in any of his words or actions,” Karen Mendoza, the wife of Ray Mendoza, a former teammate of DiSabato’s who was killed in 2005, said in a July statement. (RELATED: Jim Jordan’s Accusers Have A Sketchy History, Raising Questions About Their ‘Authenticity’)
Jordan, a top House Republican who has announced his interest in becoming the next House speaker, has continued to strongly deny the allegations, saying he was never told of any type of sexual abuse against any athletes while coaching at Ohio State.
Jordan has continued to strongly deny the allegations, saying he was never told of sexual abuse against athletes during his stint at OSU as an assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994. He said he would have taken action had he known about any abuse by Strauss, who killed himself in 2005.
DiSabato faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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