Hastert Sexual Misconduct Has At Least Three Victims
It’s not clear how many are claiming to be sexual abuse victims of Denny Hastert.
On Friday, Jolene Burdge talked to ABC News about her deceased brother, who she claims was sexually victimized in high school during the teaching days of Dennis Hastert. Later that day, CBS News learned that the FBI has brought up the count of potential victims to three.
The former House Speaker was recently indicted after investigators discovered acts of bank fraud and lying to the FBI as part of his plan to pay for the silence of his victims. The report stated that an “Individual A” was named in the federal indictment last week as the person to whom Hastert was sending hush money.
Burdge said that her brother, Stephen Reinboldt, was molested by Hastert all throughout high school, having served as the equipment manager for the wrestling team Hastert coached. “He damaged Steve I think more than any of us will ever know,” Burdge said, adding that Reinboldt never told anyone else because he thought “nobody would believe him”.
Reinboldt died of AIDS in 1995, meaning that he is not the “Individual A” Hastert had an agreement with in order to “compensate and conceal” his prior acts.