A look at the men accusing Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse


A man who has accused former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager is suing him for $1.8 million in damages.

Plaintiff alleges Hastert has paid $1.7 million of the $3.5 million agreed upon compensation, which was the subject of a Federal investigation due to large cash withdrawals. He says hes suffered panic attacks that led to bouts of depression, hospitalization and unemployment.Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Chicago on charges of breaking federal banking rules in a scheme to cover up sexual abuse.

Hastert is not facing criminal charges relating to the sexual abuse allegations, but he did face charges of bank fraud, to which he pled guilty previous year. "While at the camp, (Hastert) violated the special trust (Doe) placed in (Hastert) by sexually molesting and abusing (Doe) in a motel room", the lawsuit said. The other boys stayed in another room. The former speaker admitted in October he illegally withdrew a total of $952,000 from his bank accounts in increments that would avoid raising red flags, and he acknowledged he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prosecutors have recommended a six-month prison sentence; he is asking for probation.

Hastert's legal team have not contested the details of the allegation, but in the pre-sentencing memo they also questioned whether Hastert's actions amounted to abuse. When the teen realized Hastert "was touching him in an inappropriate sexual way", he jumped up, ran across the room and sat in a chair, the court papers said.

The Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Dennis Hastert, has been sued in Kendall County Circuit Court for alleged Breach of Contract.

The news that so many of Hastert's peers were standing by him turned him into a trending topic on Saturday.

Prosecutors say the 74-year-old Republican was desperate to keep the abuse secret and agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person identified only as Individual A. Hastert was a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in the 1970s and was a trusted friend to Individual A and his family.

Hastert's attorneys issued a statement earlier in April saying that their client "acknowledges that as a young man he committed transgressions for which he is profoundly sorry".

Porter Goss, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director for part of the George W. Bush administration, said he got to know Hastert when they served together in the House.

Days after pleading guilty, Hastert was taken to hospital and almost died from a blood infection, according to his lawyers. But one man who alleges he was abused by Hastert as a teen and Jolene Burdge, who alleges her late brother told her he was abused by Hastert during his time at Yorkville High, are expected to testify.

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