Whistleblower Alleging Sex Abuse At Ohio State Is Arrested

Mike DiSabato, left, turns himself in for arrest by an officer at Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. DiSabato, whose claims helped spur the investigation into alleged, decades-old sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor, was jailed in a tangentially related telecommunications harassment case after missing a court date that he says he was misinformed about and never intended to skip. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man whose claims helped spur the investigation into alleged, decades-old sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor has been jailed in Columbus, where he’s accused of telecommunications harassment.

warrant was issued for 50-year-old Mike DiSabato, of suburban Dublin, after he missed a Friday court date. DiSabato turned himself in Monday at Franklin County Municipal Court, saying he never intended to skip his court date.

His lawyers say the court misinformed them about the schedule. They say DiSabato showed up Monday to address the matter as soon as possible. He’s due in court again Tuesday.

DiSabato is accused of harassing a university-affiliated administrator who criticized him. DiSabato says the administrator harassed him.

DiSabato, an ex-wrestler, is among over 150 men alleging they experienced sexual misconduct by now-deceased Dr. Richard Strauss.


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