Ohio State whistleblower gets probation in harassment case
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The whistleblower who helped spur an investigation into alleged, decades-old sexual abuse by an Ohio State team doctor has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor telecommunications harassment charge in a tangentially related case.
A municipal court judge on Friday sentenced 50-year-old Mike DiSabato, of Dublin, to two years of probation. A six-month jail sentence is suspended as long as he follows the judge’s instructions, including not contacting the university-affiliated administrator he was accused of harassing via email.
DiSabato argues that the man harassed him through public criticism.
Messages seeking comment were left Friday for DiSabato and his lawyer.
The former Buckeyes wrestler is among the more than 150 men alleging they experienced sexual misconduct by now-deceased Dr. Richard Strauss, mostly in the 1980s and ’90s.
Strauss died in 2005.