Nothstein cleared of alleged misconduct
Lehigh Valley Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein announced during an Aug. 24 news conference that he has been cleared of undefined sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the year 2000. He said he has been exonerated by SafeSport, an independent nonprofit committed to ending all forms of abuse in sports.
SafeSport generally only reports on its investigations when disciplinary action has been taken.
In an Aug. 23 email from SafeSport Director of Investigations Michael Henry, Nothstein was told, “The center is not proceeding with any further proceedings at this time, and the matter is now closed.”
This investigation was based on an anonymous tip made 11 days after Nothstein announced his Congressional candidacy earlier this year.
Nothstein had previously been cleared by Upper Macungie police and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s office.
At a news conference Aug. 17, Nothstein said the women who were allegedly involved denied there had been any sexual misconduct and submitted affidavits stating so. These undefined allegations were nevertheless the focus of a lengthy Morning Call story bylined by three reporters, according to Nothstein.
During 2000, when this undefined sexual misconduct allegedly occurred, Nothstein was in training for the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He would go on to win the gold medal in sprint cycling.
Though The Morning Call had been offered the affidavits from the supposed victims, Nothstein’s campaign manager, Dennis Roddy, said the former Morning Call editor, Robert York, refused to accept them.
“We don’t know what’s in them,” Roddy reports York as having told him back then.
“Why don’t you tell them what happened?” Roddy challenged Morning Call editor Pete Leffler at the Aug. 24 news conference.
“I’m not going to answer,” Leffler responded.
Roddy identified Leffler as a participant in the discussion concerning these affidavits.
“The only reason this ever gained any attraction with the public was the recklessness and disregard for standards by reporters and editors at The Morning Call,” Nothstein said.
He called the story “a clear example why good people don’t seek elected office. It is evidence of why people hold such skepticism about elected officials and our local newspaper.”
Nothstein was also critical of SafeSport, saying it “should not be used as a weapon to destroy people‘s lives.”