Federal prosecutors say forder Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert molested at least four boys while he worked as a high school wrestling coach in Illinois. The documents were released late Friday and contained some stunning allegations against Hastert, the longest running Republican Speaker of the House.
Hastert was being investigated for illegal financial transactions that investigators now say were being used as hush money to keep his former victims from going public. He reportedly paid over $3.5 million to one accuser.
Four former students came forward to investigators to talk about how Hastert had abused them in the 1960s and 1970s at Yorkville High School, where Hastert was named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading the wrestling team to a state title. The youngest of his victims was 14 at the time. In addition, the documents say Hastert abused a fifth boy, who has since passed away.
“The actions at the core of this case took place not on the defendant’s national public stage but in his private one-on-one encounters in an empty locker room and a motel room with minors that violated the special trust between those young boys and their coach,” prosecutors said.
Hastert’s attorneys have not responded to requests for comment, but they released a statement earlier this week in which Hastert made apologies for an undefined prior act from “decades ago,” which read:
“Mr. Hastert is deeply sorry and apologizes for his misconduct that occurred decades ago and the resulting harm he caused to others. He will stand before the court having deteriorated both physically and emotionally, undoubtedly in part due to public shaming and humiliation of an unprecedented degree.”
Hastert will not face charges for the abuse, because the statute of limitations has expired.
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