Former US House Speaker Dennis Hestert was primarily known for rising from political obscurity in rural Illinois to spending eight years in office, the nation’s third-largest. Then came a federal indictment in a hush-money case centered on sexual abuse allegations.
Hestert, then 74, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
On Wednesday, lawyers say Hestert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a temporary out-of-court settlement over Hestert’s refusal to pay the remaining $1.8 million of an oral settlement. , in return for which $3.5 million was paid. Peace.
Here are some of the major events in Hester’s life and career, and the criminal and civil cases against him:
January. 2, 1942: Hestert was born in Aurora, Illinois, to a family that runs an agricultural-supply business.
1965: Hestert began teaching history and coaching wrestling at Yorkville High School, west of Chicago.
1976: Hestert is named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading Yorkville to the state wrestling championship.
1980: Hestert comes third in the Illinois House primary, but the Republican Party chooses him to replace the terminally ill primary winner. Hastert later wins the general election and drops out of high school the following year.
1986: Hestert is nominated to replace the Republican congressman battling cancer. He wins the close election.
1998: Hestert tells current Speaker of the US House Newt Gingrich that Georgia’s lawmaker is unlikely to remain in office because of discontent in GOP ranks. The next day Gingrich resigned.
1998: Hestert supports the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the wake of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
1999: Hestert was elected US House Speaker.
2007: Hestert steps down as speaker after the longest Republican term.
2010: Hestert agrees to pay a man $3.5 million for allegedly hiding past misconduct. (A federal indictment filed five years later identifies the person as “Individual A.”)
2010–2012: Hestert reportedly made 15 withdrawals of $50,000, giving the individual a total of $750,000, with $100,000 being paid in cash in a lump sum.
2012–2014: When Hestert learns that any withdrawals over $10,000 have been marked, he reportedly begins withdrawing cash in increments of less than $10,000.
2013: The FBI and IRS begin investigating Hestert on suspicion of breaching banking reporting requirements.
December 2014: Agents first question Hestert about huge cash withdrawals. He reportedly says that he is taking the cash home as he does not trust the banks.
May 28, 2015: Hester is indicted on one count of seeking to reduce bank reporting requirements and one count of lying to the FBI about the reason for the cash withdrawal.
June 9, 2015: Hestert pleads not himself.
July 14, 2015: Defense attorney Thomas Green blames government leaks for media reports of past sexual misconduct by Hestert, charges he says could deprive Hestert of a fair trial.
October 28, 2015: Hestert pleads guilty to evading banking laws and agrees to a settlement with federal prosecutors that recommends that he serve no more than six months in prison. However, a judge can sentence Hestert to up to five years in prison.
December 17, 2015: Hestert’s lawyer said in a statement that Hestert had a stroke in early November.
January. 28, 2016: The federal judge overseeing Hestert’s case agreed to delay the sentencing until April 8, after Hester’s lawyers say he died of sepsis in November and was released from hospital until January 15. was not released.
March 2, 2016: Judge agrees to delay sentencing after prosecutors say a man who alleges he was sexually assaulted by Hestert is leaning toward testifying at sentencing, but with a closed door According to a transcript of the meeting, there is a conflict on 8 April. It is the first time court documents link sexual-abuse allegations to Hastert.
April 6, 2016: Defense lawyers demand probation for Hestert, saying he is “overwhelmed by the crime.”
April 8, 2016: A court files details of sexual abuse allegations against Hestert by at least four former students – the first time prosecutors have confirmed that payments were made to cover up sexual abuse.
April 25, 2016: “Personal A” sues Hester for breach of contract, saying he is owed more than half of the $3.5 million promised.
April 27, 2016: Judge describes Hestert as a “serial child molester” before sentenced to 15 months in prison, sex offender treatment, two years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for crime victims will go to the fund.
May 12, 2016: Hestert’s lawyers say he will not appeal his sentence or his sentence of 15 months in prison.
May 13, 2016: Hestert pays a $250,000 fine.
June 22, 2016: Hestert reports to Minnesota federal prison to serve his sentence as prisoner number 47991-424.
April 26, 2017: The Illinois State Retirement Board of Trustees ends Hester’s pension for his six years at the Illinois General Assembly.
July 18, 2017: Federal Bureau of Prisons records show Hestert has been released from a Minnesota prison and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility.
SEPTEMBER 2019: A judge ruled that a former student who sexually abused Hestert decades ago made an unwritten $3.5 million hush-money settlement with Hestert by telling family members and a friend about it, but in a civil case I refused to record the decision by asking a decisive question. The answer can be given in the test itself.
September 15, 2021: Hestert and a person who accused him of child sexual abuse pay the remaining $1.8 million of an oral agreement by Hestert to pay $3.5 million in exchange for that person’s silence A temporary out-of-court settlement was reached upon refusal to do so. . The settlement comes before a civil trial on the matter set to begin…
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Dennis Hastert