BuzzFeed: ‘Potentially Several Alleged Victims’ In Hastert’s Past

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An anonymous source familiar with the case of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said federal prosecutors knew of “prior misdeeds” Hastert committed against potentially several alleged victims that were not included in Thursday’s indictment, BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

Around the same time and based on the accounts of two anonymous federal law enforcment officials, The Los Angeles Times reported that Hastert allegedly agreed to pay out $3.5 million in hush money to an unidentified man to compensate for sexual abuse that occurred while the former House speaker was working as a high school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Illinois.

BuzzFeed’s anonymous source told the outlet that U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon considered additional charges against Hastert in regards to an “Individual B,” which ultimately were not pursued. No further charges are expected to be filed, the source told BuzzFeed.

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