Washington: Federal prosecutors said that at least four days were sexually assaulted by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert when he worked as a wrestling coach in Illinois decades ago.
Prosecutors released documents on Friday revealing stunning allegations against the longest-running Republican speaker of the House.
Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced on April 27 after pleading guilty to a financial violation in October. It involved structuring money transactions to evade reporting about the transfer of funds.
According to investigators, the transactions included $3.5 million paid by Hastert in hush money to one of his accusers.
Prosecutors listed four boys who were abused by Hastert when he was a wrestling coach at a high school in Yorkville, Illinois. The documents revealed that a fifth former student died years after the abuse.
Prosecutors allege that the accusations came to light after it was found by the investigators that he was paying one former student to stay quiet about sexual abuse allegations. The allegations date back to the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, according to the prosecutors' court filing.
Prosecutors said that Hastert will not face sexual abuse charges because of the expiry of the statutes of limitation. The documents revealed that all the victims were wrestlers at the high school.
The prosecutors also allege that in two separate cases, Hastert massaged one boy each in a locker room and performed unspecified sexual acts on them.
"The actions at the core of this case took place not on the defendant's national public stage but in his private one-on-one encounters in an empty locker room and a motel room with minors that violated the special trust between those young boys and their coach," prosecutors said.