Alleged abuse victim may speak at Hastert sentencing
It’s not getting better for former House Speaker Denny Hastert.
It’s the first time that the court has referenced sex abuse in the case.
Hastert, 74, pleaded guilty in October to violating bank laws in seeking to pay $3.5 million in hush money to someone referred to in the indictment only as “Individual A.” The Associated Press and other media outlets, citing anonymous sources, have reported that Hastert wanted to hide claims that he sexually molested someone, but the issue never arose in court or in unsealed filings.
The transcript, provided Wednesday to the AP by the presiding judge’s court reporter, recounts an unannounced hearing held earlier this week in which prosecutors, the defense and the judge discuss “Individual D.”
Prosecutors inform the judge that they recently learned “Individual D” is an alleged victim and that he is deciding whether to testify at the April 27th sentencing.