|Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
While the initial press flurry focused on the currency transactions aspects of the case- Hastert is accused of structuring secret payments to another person to avoid tax and financial disclosure laws- what Hastert was being, apparently, blackmailed for, is not clear. But, from reading the opening paragraphs, the trail is not hard to divine:
At all times material to this indictment:
a. From approximately 1965 to 1981 defendant John Dennis Hastert was a high school teacher and coach in Yorkville, Illinois.
b. Individual A has been a resident of Yorkville, Illinois and has known defendant John Dennis Hastert most of Individual A's life.
c. In or about 2010, Individual A met with defendant John Dennis Hastert multiple times. During at least one of these meetings, Individual A discussed past misconduct by defendant against Individual A that had occurred years earlier.
d. During the 2010 meetings and subsequent discussions, defendant John Dennis Hastert agreed to provide $3.5 million in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A...