“Victim No. 1” in the Richard Strauss investigation will remain in the Franklin County Jail until a bond hearing on Jan. 16.

Mike DiSabato’s legal problems have put him behind bars. Since the former Ohio State wrestler became the first person to come forward to accuse the late Ohio State University athletics physician Richard Strauss of sexual misconduct, DiSabato has emerged as a controversial spokesman for the cause, which has grown to include 145 victims. Already convicted of a misdemeanor count of telecommunications harassment in an unrelated matter, DiSabato was arrested on Monday in connection with his failure to show up for a hearing in another telecommunications harassment case, according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch.

Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Ted Barrows jailed DiSabato until a Jan. 16 bond hearing. Barrows issued an arrest warrant for DiSabato on Friday after he failed to show up for a hearing on a request from city prosecutors to revoke his bond. The Columbus city attorney’s office accuses DiSabato of violating a court order by sending emails mentioning former Ohio State football player Matt Finkes to university officials. Finkes accuses DiSabato of sending him harassing text messages and emails. Neither DiSabato nor his attorney, Rocky Ratliff, responded to a request for comment on Monday.

The jailing is the latest chapter in the long, strange saga of DiSabato, which Columbus Monthly documented in an October 2018 feature.


Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Columbus Monthly magazine, as well as our weekly newsletter so that you keep abreast of the most exciting and interesting events and destinations to explore, as well as the most talked-about newsmakers shaping life in Columbus.