Former Speaker Of The House Dennis Hastert Sexually Abused At Least 4 Teenage Boys

Former Speaker of the House (from 1999 to 2007), Dennis Hastert allegedly sexually abused at least four teenage boys in the 1960s and 70s when he coached wrestling at an Illinois high school – before his career in politics.

But Hastert is not being charged for the sexual abuse, instead he’s being charged with a felony banking crime which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was using that money to pay off one of his molestation victims. I believe the call this hush money.

The reason he won’t be able to be charged with sexual abuse is because the statute of limitations is up, since the crimes happened over 40 years ago. Still, the prosecution is using his uncharged crimes to perhaps hold more weight with his sentencing charges.

The prosecution has said of the charges and Hastert’s situation:

ith this case, the government seeks to hold defendant accountable for the crimes he committed that can still be prosecuted: defendant’s structuring of cash withdrawals and his lies to the government about that activity. But those crimes, while recent, have their origin in the defendant’s past. 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.

Dennis Hastert’s formal sentencing is scheduled on April 27 for the bank charge. Prosecutors are pushing for six months in prison.

Of course his lawyers are trying to just get him probation – using his poor health as a reason. The also submitted a document that said Hastert was “profoundly sorry” for past actions. Hmm. A little too late, for an apology, eh old sick man?

[NYMag]