The Latest: Town'south residents speak bitterly of Hastert

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 2:07 AM

S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert'south hush-money case (all times local):4:40 p. m. Residents of Yorkville, Illinois, once boasted of the role the town played in Dennis Hastert'south ascent from the local high school coach to U.

The Latest: Town'south residents speak bitterly of Hastert

The Latest on former U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert'south hush-money case (all times local):

4:40 p. m.

Residents of Yorkville, Illinois, once boasted of the role the town played in Dennis Hastert'south ascent from the local high school coach to U. S. House speaker. Presently several are speaking bitterly about him.

They talked Saturday about a government filing the day before that detailed allegations that he abused several former students.

Hastert pleaded guilty to breaking banking laws to pay hush money to one alleged victim. His sentencing is April twenty-seven. He taught and coached at Yorkville High from one thousand nine hundred sixty-five to 1981.

Bob Evans is a former school colleague and companion of Hastert's. He said Hastert helped keep Yorkville on the map during his eight years as House speaker. He says the pride people felt about Hastert makes the revelations even more painful.

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3:05 p. m.

Dennis Hastert'south lawyer has responded to a new filing by prosecutors that alleges the former U. S. House speaker abused at minimum four former students.

A statement emailed Saturday on attorney Thomas Green'south behalf doesn't mention abuse. It speaks only in common terms about past misconduct by the 74-year-old Republican.

It says "Hastert acknowledges that as a youthful man he committed transgressions for which he's profoundly sorry."

His accusers declare the abuse occurred when Hastert taught and coached in Yorkville, Illinois, in the one thousand nine hundred seventy and one thousand nine hundred eighty.

Green repeats what an earlier defense filing contends. He says "the public shaming" and "isolation" of Hastert has already been a significant punishment. Wednesday'south filing asks for probation when Hastert is sentenced April 27.

Prosecutors' Friday filings detailed the alleged abuse for the first time. It said it occurred in a locker room and in a motel room.

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10:30 a. m.

Comedian Andy Richter says he remembers the chair facing the showers that Dennis Hastert placed in the boys' locker room at the high school where Hastert coached wrestling before becoming a congressman.

Richter went to Yorkville High School in the 1980s. He tweeted about the chair Friday night after prosecutors mentioned it in a Ct filing in the former House speaker'south hush-money case.

Richter, the sidekick on Conan O'Brien'south TV show, says he was "struck by how simple it was" for Hastert to do that. He added: "Nobody questioned it."

Prosecutors declare Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a man he sexually abused when the man was a fourteen-year-old wrestler on Hastert'south team. The Ct filing details sexual abuse allegations involving five former students.

Hastert pleaded guilty in Oct to breaking banking laws in connection to the payments.

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12:40 a. m.

Prosecutors in Dennis Hastert'south hush-money case are seeking up to six months in prison for the former U. S. House speaker.

Prosecutors said they're seeking zero to six months in prison as portion of a Friday Ct filing. The filing also says Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a victim for sex abuse when victim was 14 years old.

The 74-year-old Republican managed to hold any hint of sexual misconduct noiseless throughout a political career that carried him from the IL Legislature to the halls of Congress and eventually to the speaker'south office, where he was second in the line of succession to the presidency.

Hastert pleaded guilty in Oct to breaking banking laws as he sought to pay $3.5 million to someone referred to as Individual A to ensure the person kept noiseless about Hastert'south past misconduct.

He's scheduled to be sentenced April 27.

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