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The Illinois school district where former House Speaker Dennis Hastert worked decades ago said Friday it has no knowledge of the misconduct alleged in his federal indictment.
The indictment said that Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified person to keep him or her quiet about Hastert’s “prior misconduct.” Hastert was charged with structuring his cash withdrawals from banks to avoid federal reporting requirements.
Yorkville Community Unit School District, where Hastert taught and coached wrestling from 1965 to 1981, said it had “no knowledge of Mr. Hastert’s alleged misconduct, nor has any individual contacted the District to report any such misconduct.”
In a statement, the district said it would cooperate with prosecutors if asked.
Hastert was House speaker from 1999 to 2007. He is alleged to have made the cash withdrawals from 2010 to 2014.