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Report: Dennis Hastert Paid To Conceal Sexual Abuse

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Report: Dennis Hastert Paid To Conceal Sexual Abuse


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was paying hush money to conceal sexual misconduct, The Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The Times story quotes two officials close to the investigation who confirm that the “prior misconduct” mentioned in the indictment against Dennis Hastert was in fact sexual in nature. The sources further confirmed that the individual whom Hastert was paying off — identified in the indictment only as “Individual A” — was a man whom Hastert had known during his time as a high-school gym coach and teacher.

The source confirmed that Hastert’s misconduct “has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office.”

The two-count indictment did not elaborate on the nature of the misconduct Hastert was charged with attempting to conceal. However, it did mention that Hastert had been a high-school teacher in Yorkville, Illinois from 1965 to 1981, and that Individual A was a lifelong resident of Yorkville who had known Hastert for most of his life, fuelling media speculation that the misconduct may have been sexual abuse of a former student.

Via Los Angeles Times

Picture: Official Portrait of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL), via House.gov.

Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. LEK56 May 29, 2015

    Well folks in Illinois know he’s a scumbag. We know he was lucky enough to get a deal on some land that magically turned into millions in profit when the new highway was sealed. So now, can we FINALLY put him in the cell next to Blago?

    1. 1standlastword May 29, 2015

      And while in federal prison he won’t have pay to cover up his shame for his penchant to perform buggery

  2. idamag May 30, 2015

    If the conduct was between two consenting adults, then it is no one’s business. The paying of blackmail is. If the conduct involved a minor, then, yes, it is a felony.


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