Tiny town turns on Hastert as details of allegations emerge

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 4:50 AM

S. House spoke bitterly of him on Saturday, a day after prosecutors detailed allegations that Hastert sexually abused several members of the team.

Tiny town turns on Hastert as details of allegations emerge

The tiny town that boasted of the role it played in Dennis Hastert'south ascent from high school wrestling coach to speaker of the U. S. House spoke bitterly of him on Saturday, a day after prosecutors detailed allegations that Hastert sexually abused several members of the team.

The IL Republican'south reputation for congeniality contrasts with the government'south portrayal of him in a presentencing filing late Friday as a manipulator who exploited his mentor role to prey on youthful athletes. Prosecutors declare he also lied to investigators about why he agreed to pay one alleged victim $3.5 million, falsely accusing the victim of trying to extort him.

The Hastert revelations have made Yorkville seem less idyllic, Mike Piatkowski, a 65-year-old retired UPS driver, said as he watched his grandson, a freshman at Yorkville High School, at a Saturday baseball practice.

"It'south going to be tough to believe anybody, particularly with the kids," he said.

Hastert pleaded guilty latest fall to violating banking laws in how he structured his cash withdrawals. Prosecutors said they'd have considered abuse charges, but the statute of limitations for bringing such charges expired decades ago.

The Ct documents detail sexual abuse allegations involving at minimum four boys that took space at a motel or in the boys locker room at Yorkville High School, where Hastert taught and coached from one thousand nine hundred sixty-five until one thousand nine hundred eighty-one. It describes a "Lazyboy" fashion chair where Hastert frequently sat in the locker room with a direct view of the stalls where the boys showered.

An emailed statement from Hastert'south lawyer, Thomas Green, on Saturday — as in earlier defense filings — refers only in common terms to past misconduct by Hastert.

"Mr. Hastert acknowledges that as a youthful man he committed transgressions for which he's profoundly sorry," Green wrote.

Hastert helped keep Yorkville on the map during his eight years as House speaker, making his unmasking all the more painful, several residents said.

Bob Evans, a former school colleague and companion of Hastert's, recalled telling someone during a fishing ride in Canada years ago that he was from Yorkville and the person knowing it was the House speaker's hometown.

"It hurts even more because we were all so pleased of him," he said of Hastert'south fall from grace.

Now, Evans said he and many others in town are asking themselves the same question: "All this time together, what the hell did I miss?"

Hastert left Yorkville High School for the state Legislature in the early one thousand nine hundred eighty. He entered Congress in one thousand nine hundred eighty-seventh and became speaker in one thousand nine hundred ninety-ninth, holding the spot until his retirement in two thousand-seventh. He presently lives close Yorkville, in Plano.

In the Ct filing, prosecutors declare Hastert "was so sure his secrets were secure that he apparently had number fears about entering a profession where one is subject to fixed scrutiny and media attention."

Around two thousand ten, one of the victims confronted Hastert about what he'd done to him decades earlier, prosecutors contend. After the two agreed on a total payment of $3.5 million, Hastert managed to pay $1.7 million from two thousand ten to two thousand fourteen. They stopped when the FBI questioned Hastert in late two thousand fourteen about his massive cash withdrawals. They'd number inking abuse allegations had anything to do with the case when they first approached Hastert, Friday'south filing said.

According to prosecutors, it was only shortly after that first interview that a Hastert lawyer got back to agents with an explanation: Hastert was being extorted by the former student, who's referred to in the filing as Individual A, on a contrived claim of sexual-abuse.

Hastert even agreed to let investigators record his phone conversations with Individual A in March two thousand fifteen, saying the calls would prove his extortion claim. They didn't.

On the contrary, prosecutors concluded that Individual A never threatened Hastert and that he pushed their agreement to be formalized in documents drawn up by lawyers. It was Hastert who wanted number one else involved, they said.

Prosecutors recommended Friday that Hastert obtain up to six months in prison when he's sentenced on April twenty-seven. Defense lawyers have asked for probation, citing what they described as the already steep price he'south paid in public shame.

The lingering excellent will for Hastert even after the May two thousand fifteen indictment was unsealed presently seems to have largely dissipated in Yorkville.

Russ Scholl, seventy, said he didn't wish to believe the allegations at first. Now, he says, Hastert needs to go to prison and "pay for what he did."

Tony Graff, Yorkville'south former police chief, said that although the Hastert scandal has left the town with a black eye, locals have always had other things to be pleased of, including a tradition of community service.

"The pride is still there," he said. "The community will obtain through this."

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