Thursday, April 7, 2016

Former U.S. House Speaker reportedly facing sexual abuse allegations from at least three men

According to reports, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert will plead
guilty to charges that he lied to the FBI in his hush-money case
CHICAGO — At least four people have made “credible allegations of sexual abuse” against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday, citing unidentified law enforcement sources.

The newspaper reported that it had determined the identities of three accusers, all of them men whose allegations relate to when they were teenagers and Hastert was their coach in Illinois. One of them is dead.

The other two accusers have been described in court documents only as Individual A and Individual D. Individual A declined to make any comment when approached by the newspaper. Individual D spoke privately to the newspaper, according to the Tribune.

The newspaper did not name any of the men who are still alive, and it said it did not know the identity of the fourth accuser.

The now-deceased accuser named by the Tribune had been named previously by The Associated Press as Stephen Reinboldt, a team equipment manager at Yorkville High School, where Hastert worked as a teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981. Individual A and Individual D, the Tribune said, were popular standout athletes in Yorkville from well-known families.

Reinboldt’s sister, Jolene Burdge, has told the AP that her brother told her his first homosexual experience was with Hastert and that the sexual abuse lasted throughout his time at Yorkville. Reinboldt died in 1995.  (more...)


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