Political spin took a new turn over mounting evidence that the longest serving Republican House Speaker, Dennis Hastert, was more than your typical high school coach.
Attorneys for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert say they are not positive an allegation of a groin rub by a coach on a teenage wrestler constitutes sexual misconduct.
“While undoubtedly many would consider this episode as described by (Individual A) consisting of a groin rub for a groin pull and a massage, to be misconduct, we are not so certain that the incident qualifies as sexual misconduct, especially for a coach and trainer 42 years.
Individual A is one of four boys who alleged Hastert sexually abused them decades ago. Hastert will not face sexual abuse charges because the statutes of limitations have expired.
All those who accused him of sexual abuse were wrestlers at the high school, according to the documents. In two separate cases, Hastert massaged one boy each in a locker room and performed unspecified sexual acts on them, prosecutors allege.
In another instance, he allegedly massaged a boy’s groin area and singled him out to stay in his hotel room during a wrestling camp. Another accuser said Hastert touched him inappropriately in a “very weird” way while he was a student, prosecutors said.