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Corruption Crime

Dennis Hastert Accused of Another Boy Rape

Written by Joe Scudder

Despite the new allegation against Dennis Hastert, the media still shows no interest in investigating his time in the House.

Dennis Hastert was a powerful Republican Congressman during the Bush era. He went to prison for misusing funds. His more serious crime was sexually abusing boys. Now he has been accused again. We can’t by sure this new accusation is true, but the real mystery is why a pedophile would stop all his sexual exploitation when he got elected to power. Yet the media shows no interest in even asking the question, let alone investigating what he might have been doing (or who) while he was a Representative.

The Chicago Tribune reports: “New accuser sues Dennis Hastert, alleging sexual abuse.

The lawsuit comes nearly two years after an explosive indictment into secret hush-money payments brought down Hastert, a local coaching legend who became one of the country’s most powerful politicians. Federal prosecutors said the former U.S. House speaker touched at least five male students when he was a Yorkville High School coach from 1965 to 1981.

Hastert, 75, did not face sex-related charges because prosecutors said the statute of limitations had long expired. He instead admitted to committing a financial crime — withdrawing more than $950,000 from banks in a way that would avoid detection, in an effort to keep the victim quiet.

That victim, known as Individual A, is now a middle-age married man whom Hastert coached decades ago at Yorkville High School. He said Hastert agreed in 2010 to pay him $3.5 million if he didn’t speak out about Hastert molesting him in the 1970s, when he was 14, while the two stayed overnight in a hotel room as part of a wrestling trip. The boy was not yet in high school at the time, but Hastert was close friends with his parents.

The new accuser, referred to in the lawsuit as Illinois resident “Richard Doe,” is seeking $50,000 in damages from Hastert and Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 for charges including battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The new accuser must seek damages for current distress because the crime happened too long ago. He says that Hastert basically raped him in a restroom.

Read the entire Chicago Tribune story.

[Error corrected: this post originally said that Hastert served in the Senate. That was incorrect.]

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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