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Prosecutors detail sordid charges against America's fallen House speaker

Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty in October to illegally structuring bank withdrawals over 4.5 years that prosecutors identified as hush moneyFormer House speaker Dennis Hastert, once among America’s most esteemed political figures, continued a descent into public disgrace as prosecutors revealed sordid details of alleged sex abuse while he was a high school teacher and coach. New court documents detailed Hastert’s alleged molestation of boys as young as 14 — a precipitous fall from grace for a man once second in line to the US presidency. The 74-year-old Republican lobbyist agreed to make secret payments totaling $3.5 million to one of his alleged victims, federal prosecutors said in a court filing late Friday.

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