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Wheaton College Strips Dennis Hastert's Name from Center

Wheaton College removed Dennis Hastert's name from one of its programs in the wake of his indictment on charges he covered up $3.5 million in payouts to a victim of sexual misconduct.

Wheaton College in Illinois on Sunday removed the name of former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert from one of its programs after the 1964 graduate of the school was indicted on charges he lied to authorities about illicit payments he made to a man from his past.

Two days earlier, Hastert, who donated his Congressional papers to the school after he retired from government, resigned from the conservative Christian college's board of advisers.

The J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy at Wheaton College was "re-designated" the Wheaton College Center for Economics, Government, and Public Policy "at this time," the college said in a statement.

The school said in its statement that it would "pray for all involved, including Speaker Hastert, his family, and those who may have been harmed by any inappropriate behavior."