Dennis Hastert Admits Sex Abuse: ‘What I Did Was Wrong’
From that party of “family values”…
Shortly before learning his sentence in federal court Wednesday, Dennis Hastert admitted for the first time that he sexually abused boys decades ago when he was the wrestling coach for Yorkville High School.
Hastert approached the microphone in court and apologized to those he victimized, saying he “mistreated athletes.” Judge Thomas M. Durkin then pressed for details, asking directly if Hastert sexually abused the victims.
“Yes,” Hastert finally said.
Hastert said he did not recall abusing Cross, “but I accept his statement.”
Asked by the judge about another alleged victim, Stephen Reinboldt, Hastert called it “a different situation” before finally acknowledging it.
“What I did was wrong and I regret it,” Hastert said. “They looked to me and I took advantage of them.”