Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert exits after an appearance in federal court in Chicago

Lawyers evasive about ex-U.S. House speaker's alleged sex abuse

Former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert exits after an appearance in federal court in ChicagoFormer U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s lawyers declined on Saturday to directly address sexual abuse allegations from federal prosecutors, who asserted that he molested at least four boys decades ago when he served as a high school wrestling coach. As part of that plea, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives admitted paying $1.7 million in cash to someone he had known for decades as hush money and compensation for unspecified wrongdoing toward that individual. Providing details of the alleged abuse, some of them quite graphic, the prosecutors said Hastert offered massages to students in a locker room, where he had set up an easy chair in view of the boys’ shower, and inappropriately touched some of the students.

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