Tom Cross

Dennis Hastert: Child Molester

Dennis Hastert: Child Molester

Dennis Hastert: former speaker of the U.S. House, disgraced son of Illinois, child molester.

This state has said good riddance to plenty of sleazy politicians. Corruption is a plague here. The distinguishing feature in the criminal case against Hastert is not how he violated banking laws after he left office but that, federal prosecutors allege, he sexually abused at least five teenage boys before he took office.

These were students in his care — minors, children — whom he molested when he was their high school teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville in the 1970s. Hastert victimized the boys and hid his crimes for decades, until one former student confronted...