Another sex assault accuser has come forward against disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert just three months ahead of his scheduled release from a federal prison in Minnesota.
The alleged victim claims Hastert raped him in a bathroom four decades ago, according to the Chicago Tribune.
A man the victim did not recognize entered his stall at what is now the Yorkville High School parking lot in either 1973 or 1974 and attacked him, the paper wrote, citing court documents.
The victim, who identified himself as “Richard Doe,” said he was 9 or 10-years-old at the time of the alleged assault.
Weeks later, the boy recognized his attacker as Hastert, then a teacher and coach, who confronted him during class and warned him not to tell anyone about the assault.
The suspect, who the victim claims was Hastert, lied and said his father was a sheriff and could arrest the boy’s parents if he tattled.
As a young adult, the victim reportedly attempted to report the crime with the Kendall County State’s Attorney office in the mid-1980s but was accused of slandering Hastert, a Republican with a rising political career in Illinois.
The victim is seeking $50,000 in damages from Hastert and Yorkville Community Unit School District 115, the Tribune reported.
Hastert, 75, is serving a 15-month sentence at a Rochester, Minn., prison for federal inmates requiring long-term medical care. He pleaded guilty to violating bank withdrawal reporting requirements in 2015 related to hush money he paid to an abused Yorkville High School athlete. He is slated for parole on Aug. 16, records show.
In another civil case, lawyers for Hastert are attempting to reach a settlement with the former student-athlete who claims he is owed about $1.8 million from the $3.5 million hush-money pact.