The disgraced former Republican Speaker of the House and admitted pedophile Dennis Hastert is facing a new sexual abuse lawsuit just months before he is scheduled to be released from prison.
The accuser is seeking $50,000 in damages for charges that include battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the Chicago Tribune reported. The lawsuit’s allegations, filed by an Illinois resident called “Richard Doe,” are sickening.
The abuse was alleged to have happened in the early 1970s, when the accuser was 9 or 10. The attack reportedly happened after the victim rode his bike to a school facility in the Illinois community of Yorkville to use the bathroom.
The Tribune describes what allegedly happened next:
The accuser entered the bathroom and, while sitting on the toilet in a stall, heard a male voice mutter something outside the stall door, according to the lawsuit. The stall door opened, and he alleges he was sodomized.
When the assault was over, the attacker left. The accuser said he saw the man’s face, but didn’t recognize him.
Several weeks later, when the boy was in gym class at Yorkville Grade School, he saw a large man enter and walk diagonally across the gym toward the teacher. The boy recognized the man and, upon seeing him, began to shake and cry, according to the lawsuit.
Hastert then allegedly grabbed the boy by the neck, took him into a hallway, and threatened him into silence.
A decade later, the accuser said he tried to report the crime at the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s office, but the man who heard the complaint was a friend of Hastert’s and threatened the victim—again—into silence. He said he chose to speak out now after learning of Hastert’s legal troubles last year.
Hastert, 75, is serving the tail end of a 15-month sentence for paying nearly a million dollars in hush money to another victim, whom he sexually assaulted while Hastert was a Yorkville High School wrestling coach from the mid-1960s to the early ’80s. Prosecutors say Hastert molested at least five boys during that period but was never charged with sexual crimes due to statutes of limitation. Instead, he was convicted of financial crimes.
At his sentencing last year, the presiding judge called Hastert, who served as House speaker from 1999 to 2007, a “serial child molester” and a “liar.”