Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused 4 teens, prosecutors allege

Apr 9, 2016

Hastert to be sentenced in criminal case connected to alleged hush-money payments

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Dennis Hastert arriving in court in October for trial in a criminal case connected to alleged hush-money payments.



Federal prosecutors for the first time Friday disclosed allegations of sexual misconduct against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, saying the accusations should be considered when he is sentenced later this month in a criminal case connected to alleged hush-money payments.

According to a court filing by prosecutors, the sexual abuse took place decades ago when Hastert was a wrestling coach and teacher at Yorkville High School before being elected to Congress. Prosecutors detailed sexual encounters with teenage boys, which included inappropriate touching and having oral sex, for which the statute of limitation has expired.

“The actions at the core of this case took place not on the defendant’s national public stage, but in his private one-on-one encounters in an empty locker room and a motel room with minors that violated the special trust between those young boys and their coach,” prosecutors wrote.

A message left with Hastert’s lawyer wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

Hastert pleaded guilty in October to a criminal charge of structuring currency transactions to evade reporting requirements. He is accused of evading the requirements as part of a scheme to pay a man a total of $3.5 million to remain silent about alleged misconduct during Hastert’s time at Yorkville High School. Under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, the former speaker faces up to six months in prison.

Prosecutors hadn’t detailed the misconduct until Friday’s court filing. They said the man whom Hastert had paid was allegedly touched inappropriately by the former coach. The man, who was 14 years old at the time, gave Hastert a massage and slept in the same bed with him during a team trip to a wrestling camp. Prosecutors described encounters with three other teenagers on the wrestling team and allegations made by a woman whose now deceased brother told her Hastert abused him when he was in high school, according to the court filing.

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  1. Baz says:

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    “Star Wars” actor Jake Lloyd reportedly has been transferred to a psychiatric center to deal with his schizophrenia after spending nearly 10 months behind bars.

    The former child star, who portrayed a young Anakin Skywalker in “The Phantom Menace,” was arrested last June after he led police on a wild, high-speed car chase through two counties in South Carolina.

    Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”© AP Photo

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    Now, however, authorities believe he is better off seeking treatment for his mental condition than he would be if he simply continued his term in jail, TMZ reports.

    Lloyd’s mother, Lisa, told the celebrity gossip site that she spoke to her son last week, and she’s already noticing an improvement in the ex-actor’s personality. There’s reportedly no set timetable for Lloyd’s release from the facility, which is fine by his family. They just want to make sure he gets better no matter how long it takes, according to TMZ.

    This Wednesday, June 17, 2015 law enforcement booking photo provided by the Colleton County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office shows former “Star Wars” actor Jake Lloyd, who was booked as Jake Broadbent, after he allegedly lead deputies on a chase hitting speeds over 100 mph Wednesday at the Colleton County Detention Center, in Walterboro, S.C. Colleton County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland said Sunday June 21, 2015, that deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent was Jake Lloyd. Strickland said the man gave his name as Jake Broadbent. He played young Anakin Skywalker in the 1999 movie “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.”

    (Colleton County Sheriff’s Office via AP): Jake Lloyd booking photo© Colleton County Sheriff’s Office via AP Jake Lloyd booking photo

    The 27-year-old Lloyd was charged last summer with reckless driving, failure to stop and driving without a driver’s license after officers finally caught him after the lengthy chase.

    Lloyd exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour during the police pursuit but was eventually cuffed after he crashed through a fence and slammed into some trees.

    FILE- In this May 13, 1999, file photo, actor Jake Lloyd; who portrays young Anakin Skywalker in the film “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace;” plays a game during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Colleton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland said Sunday, June 21, 2015, that deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent Lloyd. Lloyd faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high-speed chase.

    (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File): Jake Lloyd in 1999 Djansezian Jake Lloyd in 1999.

    Shortly after his arrest, Lisa told TMZ that her son struggles with a mental disorder and had attacked her several months earlier after failing to take his medication. She chose not to press charges for the incident.

    Lloyd retired from acting roughly a decade ago, and his last movie credit is for a small role in the 2005 sports drama, “Madison.”

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