Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert molested at least four boys over multiple decades, federal prosecutors alleged on Friday.
Hastert, the longest-serving Republican Speaker in history, had already pled guilty to using hush money to cover up abuse allegations, but Friday was the first time the government detailed the full nature of some of the charges against him in a filing for the judge overseeing Hastert’s sentencing. The allegations stemmed from Hastert’s time as a high school wrestling coach in Illinois between the 1960s and the 1980s.
Here’s how the Associated Press described one of the allegations:
Prosecutors say in the filing that Hastert’s known sexual acts against Individual A and other accusers consist of “intentional touching of minors’ groin area and genitals or oral sex with a minor.”
According to the document, Individual A told prosecutors the abuse occurred in a motel room on the way home from wrestling camp. Hastert, the only adult on the trip, told the 14-year-old that he would stay in his room while about a dozen other boys stayed in a different room. Individual A said Hastert touched him inappropriately after suggesting he would massage a groin injury the boy had.
Wasn’t Dennis Hastert the lead drum beater to have Clinton impeached for having sex with a grown woman? Some of these dudes just don’t have any sense of shame. It sounds to me like Hastert was a rank and file child molester.
After the Elizabeth Smart abduction, he called for life sentences for child molesters. I think I agree, although I am sure he wasn’t speaking of himself.
There just isn’t much else to say….Jerry Sandusky of the House of Representatives? Is there anything even comparable? Maybe if Congress stopped thinking about sex so much and how to interfere with what others did legally with their private lives, we would all be better off. From now on, when one of these chaps starts ranting and raving about anything sexual, I am going to just start looking under every rock to see what they might be hiding,
Shame on Hastert. Sending him to prison really won’t do any good. He is now a stroke victim. Will he keep his pension, parking privileges, gym membership and all the other perks afforded a U.S. Congressman? Probably.