Washington (Talk Media News) — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been alleged to have sexually abused at least four individuals, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.
The Tribune reported that “credible allegations of sexual abuse” against Hastert arose from Hastert’s time as a high school coach. Hastert is involved in a criminal proceeding against him over an alleged hush money scheme, the motive of which has been hinted at by prosecutors but not confirmed.
Hastert is alleged to have sexually abused the four individuals, whom the report did not name, during his time as a high school coach. One individual, identified as only Individual A, cited Hastert as a reference shortly after he graduated college and reportedly suffered from anxiety as well as other financial problems.
The Tribune also reported that that one of the alleged victims is deceased and at least one alleged victim, Individual D, is contemplating testifying against Hastert, but has yet to make a final decision.
Hastert himself already has pleaded guilty to violating federal banking laws in the alleged hush money scheme, but has not been charged with any crimes related to sexual abuse during his time as a high school wrestling coach. His defense attorney is seeking a six-month probation sentence as an alternative to prison.
The banking violations stemmed from payments totaling in $1.7 million to Individual A until 2014 when federal authorities stepped in and launched their investigation.