CHICAGO – Illinois, A man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in the bathroom stall, when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth indictment against the former House of representatives that will soon be released from prison in a silence-your-money-case.
The indictment was filed in a suburban Chicago court for a man under the pseudonym Richard de Vries. It claims Hastert abused him when the boy stopped in during a bike ride to the toilet in the 1970’s in Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was a high school wrestling coach, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The former Republican Illinois congressman, 75, is nearly completed 15 months of punishment for the breaking of banking act in trying to pay $3.5 million in silence money to a victim, referred to in filings in the criminal case as “Individual A.” Previous prosecutors had in high school.
Hastert’s lawyer did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Sunday seeking comment. A hearing in the case is set for Tuesday.
Doe began to cry as he recognized Hastert during the gym in Yorkville elementary School weeks later, when the man who abused him, the suit filed Friday in Kendall County Circuit Court says. The primary school is next to Yorkville high School, where Hastert worked.
The suit says the Doe “has been traumatized, repressed the sexual assault by Hastert, and was intimidated into silence.” He says both Hastert and then-the Kendall County State Attorney Dallas Ingemunson warned the boy not to make the allegations public.
Reached on Saturday by the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, Ingemunson told the newspaper that “all these things (the new man) says is false.” He added: “I have no idea what he’s talking about.”
The suit was filed by the same Chicago law firm that filed a lawsuit against Hastert for An Individual, Dekalb paper reported.