Former GOP House Speaker Barred From Being Alone With Minors

The federal judge also barred him from watching porn and from using “any sex-related telephone numbers.”


A federal judge in Chicago ordered that a former GOP House speaker never be left alone with minors and also barred him from watching porn.

Dennis Hastert, 75, who is serving probation after a 15-month sentence for banking violations by paying hush money to his sexual assault victims, was barred from meeting children under the age of 18 unless an adult is present.

The order also added the adult must also know about Hastert’s conviction in a sex abuse case where he tried to silence a victim by paying millions.

U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin also barred Hastert from using “any sex-related telephone numbers.” He also has to pay for installation of software to monitor his activities on the internet.

The court order comes a day after Hastert’s probation officer filed a court report under seal that explained why he felt restrictions on Hastert were necessary.

In 2016, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison, followed by two years of probation and sex-offender treatment, for a financial crime related to his sexual abuse of high school wrestlers he coached at Yorkville High School in suburban Chicago from 1965 to 1981.

He pleaded guilty to violating banking laws by paying hush money of $3.5 million to an alleged sexual abuse victim. Citing the sexual abuse of at least four boys, Judge Durkin branded Hastert “a serial child molester.”

Earlier this year, Scott Cross, one of Hastert's victims who remained silent on the abuse for 37 years, said he regretted not speaking up.

"I didn't say anything for 37 years. I knew too well. This is just a burden that you carry.  You think about shame, guilt, embarrassment, humiliation. The Hasterts of the world have so much trust and respect over you that you really have a hard time processing and understanding it,” he said.

Hastert's Washington, D.C., attorney, Thomas Green, didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on the court order.

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