Hastert said to have paid student to hide sexual misconduct

The Hill –

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) allegedly paid off a former student to hide sexual misconduct that happened decades ago when he was a high school teacher in Illinois, according to multiple reports.

Hastert was indicted Thursday on charges related to more than $1 million in payments to an unidentified person from Yorkville, Ill., where he had worked as a teacher and wrestling coach before entering politics.

The person, identified only as “Individual A” in the indictment, was a male who was sexually abused by Hastert, according to the Los AngelesTimes, citing two law enforcement officials.

NBC News reported that the person Hastert agreed to pay off had been a student at Yorkville High School while Hastert was a teacher there.

The Yorkville school district issued a statement Friday that it had “no knowledge” of any misconduct by Hastert, who worked in the school system from 1965 to 1981.

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