Pennsylvania Congressional candidate Marty Nothstein has been accused of sexual misconduct, according to an investigation by the Morning Call.
Nothstein was suspended without pay from his position as executive director of the Pennsylvania velodrome in February. Per the Morning Call, the suspension came after board members learned of a sexual misconduct investigation into Nothstein that had been ongoing since the previous fall. The velodrome, run by a nonprofit, is owned by Lehigh County and receives taxpayer money for maintenance costs as part of a public park.
The misconduct claim was lodged with a U.S. Olympic-related organization and remains unspecified. The incident occurred in 2000, the year Nothstein won Olympic gold in Sydney, according to the paper.
Nothstein states the accusations are “100 percent false” and are a “political hit job” that began less than two weeks after he announced his bid for Congress last fall.
He insists Lehigh Valley law enforcement found the allegation baseless. “There is no victim here,” said Nothstein. He says neither his Congressional campaign nor his role on the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners have changed.
Nothstein faces Democrat Susan Wild and Libertarian Tim Silfies in the Nov. 6 general election. The 7th District includes Lehigh, Northampton and parts of southern Monroe County.