Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, who we know molested at least four boys while he was a high school wrestling coach decades ago and has paid hush money to at least one of the boys for many years is being protected by a judge from a lawsuit from a man who claims that he was violently raped by Hastert.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Judge Robert Pilmer tossed the case out, according to court documents.
Pilmer said the statute of limitations had expired on the case.
The accuser, identified only as Richard Doe in court documents, alleged that Hastert sodomized him in a bathroom stall in either 1973 or 1974 when he was in the fourth grade and Hastert was a teacher at Yorkville High School.
The man’s lawyer, Kristi Browne, in a statement said she was “disappointed” by Pilmer’s decision but was considering to file a motion to reconsider the ruling or to appeal.
The man, if his claims are true, would be the sixth known victim of Hastert’s.
According to another report from The Chicago Tribune:
The accuser said that during the spring or summer of 1973 or 1974, he stopped by the Game Farm Building, now the Yorkville High School parking lot, to use the bathroom after riding his bike along Game Farm Road. He was 9 or 10 at the time, in fourth grade, the lawsuit alleges.
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.
The man spoke with the gym teacher and then approached the boy, taking him by the neck into the hallway, according to the lawsuit. The man dropped to his knees and asked the boy if he told anyone about the sexual assault. The boy, crying, said he hadn’t. The man warned the accuser against reporting the attack and threatened that since his father was the sheriff, he could put the boy’s parents in jail if he said anything.
The incident caused the accuser severe mental and emotional distress, which was only exacerbated by his fear of talking to someone about the attack, according to the lawsuit.
In April 2016, Hastert confessed to sexually abusing “more than one student” while he was a teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois.
If that weren’t enough, Hastert, 75, is even demanding money back from the man he paid to keep quiet.
Rachel Blevins reports:
The money in question was part of a $5.3 million settlement Hastert promised a man whom he sexually assaulted when the victim was 14 years old. Hastert spent 13 months in prison for the illegally structured bank transactions and was released in July—two months early.
Hastert has also demanded that the individual he paid hush money to—only $1.7 million of the $5.3 million he promised—return the money. Hastert’s lawyers claimed that “To the extent any contract existed between plaintiff [Individual A] and defendant [Hastert], plaintiff breached that contract. Plaintiff’s breach of conduct resulted in damages to defendant and plaintiff is accordingly required to return $1.7 million to defendant.”
Blevins adds, “Judge Pilmer’s decision to throw out Richard Doe’s lawsuit against Dennis Hastert is yet another reminder that even though this politician has admitted to sexually assaulting multiple children, he is being protected by the law, and it is not likely that he will be held accountable for abusing, tormenting, and even demanding that hush money be returned from his victims.”
No, Rachel, he is not protected by the law. He’s being protected by pretended law. God’s law would have called for him to be put to death, not allowed to exist by having his food, clothing, and housing paid for. We would never have been hearing your story because the man would be six feet under, and there would have been justice for the victims he abused.