Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted on one count of violating banking laws related to hush-money he was paying to a man he sexually abused while working as a high school wrestling coach, will not appeal his sentence, his attorney told the AP this afternoon:
Today, in a federal court in Illinois, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert confessed for the first time to sexually abusing high school students in the 1970s, when he worked as a teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois. The extent of the related charges (for which Hastert received a 15-month prison sentence), the sum of money—$1.7 million—Hastert paid to silence one of his accusers, and the length of time all of his deeds remained hidden made it all but inevitable that third parties knew about what happened, yet said or did nothing. But who?
When a member of the U.S. House of Representatives commits some sort of misconduct, the House is empowered to formally censure that member, holding a public hearing devoted to airing out their misdeeds. When will it censure Dennis Hastert, the former speaker who admitted today to sexually abusing children?
Disgraced former Congressman Dennis Hastert spent millions of dollars trying to cover up allegedly molesting at least five students during his time as a high school teacher and wrestling coach. Hastert, who pleaded guilty to bank fraud, will never be tried for the sex crimes—the Illinois statute of limitations expired long ago—but both the FBI and the Chicago Tribune say they’ve verified most of the claims.
After The Chicago Tribune reported on the millions of dollars in hush money former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert paid out several days ago, a new filing by federal prosecutors alleges that Hastert in fact sexually abused five minors during his time as a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School. One of the victims was 14 years old at the time of abuse.
Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to lying to the FBI in an investigation of $3.5 million in hush money he allegedly paid to cover up unspecified past misconduct—widely reported to be the sexual abuse of one his male students when he worked as a high school teacher.
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty Tuesday to breaking federal banking laws by hiding as much as $3.5 million from federal authorities. Hastert, a former high school teacher, allegedly gave the “hush money” to a former student, who agreed not to reveal that Hastert had sexually abused him.
The sister of an alleged sex abuse victim of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert came forward today to share her brother’s story and call Hastert out for his alleged crimes. This follows Hastert’s indictment last week for illegally funneling $3.5 million to an unnamed person from his past as a high school wrestling coach.
Tonight on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart issued an equal opportunity slap on the wrist to members on both sides of the Congressional aisle for their party-driven, hypocritical responses to the sex scandals of colleagues. Inside, video of Stewart's remarks.