After days of silence, J. Dennis Hastert, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to centralized charges that he illegally structured bank withdrawals and lied to the authorities in this area millions of dollars he had promised to pay someone for misconduct that occurred decades ago
...Two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an F.B.I. investigation have said that Mr. Hastert, who once taught and coached wrestling in suburban Yorkville, Ill., was paying a former student not to say publicly that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago.
Hastert was released on bond.
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