CONGRESS’S FORGOTTEN PEDOPHILE
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was a celebrated politician — and a serial child molester.
NOV—17—2017 09:51AM EST
The allegations that Senate candidate Roy Moore spent his thirties dating, propositioning, and sexually assaulting high school-aged girls are shocking, but not without precedent. There have been plenty of congressmen who carried on sexual relationships with teenagers — from Thomas Jefferson to Strom Thurmond — but perhaps none as dastardly as Illinois Rep. Dennis Hastert, who served as Speaker of the House from 1999 to 2007. In 2015, an FBI investigation found that Hastert molested at least four boys during his tenure as a high school teacher and wrestling coach in the 1970s. An additional civil lawsuit alleged that Hastert sodomized a fourth-grade boy in a school bathroom and threatened him if he reported the assault. Since the statute of limitations had expired on these crimes, Hastert was instead convicted of evading bank reporting requirements in order to secretly pay off his victims. He served 15 months in prison.