Dennis Hastert

Hastert Booking Photo Released

WGN has obtained the booking photo of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) who served 13 of his 15 month prison sentence and checked in today for electronic monitoring.

“Hastert was convicted on banking charges related to a scheme to pay hush money to a man who said Hastert molested him as a boy decades ago. The case led several men to come forward to say they too were sexually abused by Hastert when he was their wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.”

Hastert Faces New Sex Abuse Accusations

Less than three months before former Speaker Dennis Hastert’s (R-IL) scheduled release from prison, “a new accuser has come forward with allegations saying he was sodomized by Hastert decades ago,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

“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.”

DeLay Leads Support to Hastert Before Sentencing

More than 40 letters in support of former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) — including one from his former congressional colleague Tom DeLay (R-TX) — were made public in advance of his sentencing on hush money charges, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Said DeLay: “We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few. He doesn’t deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can.”

Hastert Molested At Least Four Boys

“Federal prosecutors on Friday for the first time provided details of sexual abuse allegations against J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, asserting that he molested at least four boys, as young as 14, when he worked as a high school wrestling coach decades ago,” the New York Times reports.

“Mr. Hastert, 74, is not charged with the incidents of abuse because of statutes of limitation, prosecutors said, but he was accused last year of illegally structuring bank withdrawals for money he was paying to one of his victims in an effort to hide the abuse. He pleaded guilty in October to the banking violation, and suffered a stroke in November while awaiting sentencing, now set for later this month.”

Associated Press: “The filing is the first time prosecutors have confirmed Hastert paid hush-money to conceal sex abuse. It chronicles a chain of deception that began with Hastert exploiting his position of trust as a teacher and coach and carried on years later to include lying to bank officials and making false claims of extortion to the FBI to conceal his wrongdoing.”

Hastert Hospitalized for a Stroke

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert “suffered a stroke about a week after he pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegally structuring cash withdrawals to evade bank currency-reporting requirements,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

“Hastert has been hospitalized since suffering the stroke in early November and has since undergone two surgeries on his back as well.”

Hastert’s Portrait Vanishes from House

“Something is missing from the U.S. Capitol: former Speaker Dennis Hastert’s portrait,” Politico reports.

“All former speakers have a portrait hanging outside the House floor. But on Monday morning, as the House gaveled into session, Hastert’s portrait was replaced with Frederick Gillett’s. Gillett was speaker between 1919 and 1925.”

Hastert Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert “pleaded guilty to evading currency-reporting requirements, but no further details came out about the underlying wrongdoing that led him to withdraw nearly $1 million in cash from four banks over 2 and 1/2 years,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

“Hastert’s admission of guilt marked a startling turn of events for a man who once held the nation’s third-highest political office. But the hearing also left more questions than answers.”

Hastert Will Plead Guilty

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to charges he agreed to make $3.5 million in hush-money payments to cover up wrongdoing from years ago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“Though the indictment hints only at the alleged wrongdoing, federal law enforcement sources have told the Tribune that Hastert was paying to cover up sexual abuse of a Yorkville High School student years ago. The FBI also interviewed a second person who raised similar allegations against Hastert.”

Will Dennis Hastert Plead Guilty?

Politico: “A federal court deadline Tuesday will be a pivotal turning point in his felony case, signaling whether the former House speaker will plead guilty to a deal that has been under negotiation since at least late September with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.”

“A plea deal would give Hastert his best hope of averting a full public reckoning of allegations and rumors about his alleged misconduct as a teacher and coach, stories that Politico found have circulated for decades in political circles in and around Yorkville, Illinois.”

Hastert Negotiating a Plea Deal

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) “is negotiating a possible guilty plea to charges he agreed to make $3.5 million in hush-money payments to cover up wrongdoing from decades ago,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

“The plea negotiations, revealed Monday during a hearing in federal court, are the first indication that the bombshell charges brought against the Republican powerhouse might never be fully aired at trial… Though the indictment only hints at the alleged wrongdoing, federal law enforcement sources have told the Tribune that Hastert was paying to cover up sexual abuse of a Yorkville High School student years ago.”