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CHICAGO (AP) — The prosecution of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has revealed a contradiction between his support of child safety and anti-abuse legislation and the alleged engagement in sexual misconduct with a minor.

The longtime Illinois congressman promoted child abuse-prevention legislation in Congress. In 2003, Hastert said he supported “a national notification system to help safely recover children kidnapped by child predators.”

Hastert has pleaded guilty to violating banking law as he sought to pay someone $3.5 million to keep silent about past misconduct. Prosecutors say Hastert sexually abused the person and three other juveniles in the 1970s while he was a high school wrestling coach.

Prosecutors say statues of limitations prevented them from filing charges for those incidents.

Hastert faces sentencing on April 27.


This story has been corrected to reflect that prosecutors have not pointed out the hypocrisy.


Information from: Chicago Tribune,