Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty

PHOTO: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse, June 9, 2015, in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. PlayPaul Beaty/AP Photo
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Embattled former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert pleaded not guilty today in a Chicago courtroom to charges of bank fraud and lying to the FBI related to allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct.

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In late May Hastert was charged with one count each of "structuring currency transactions" and making false statements to the FBI about payments he allegedly made to an unnamed individual to conceal "prior misconduct." Federal officials told ABC News Hastert's alleged wrongdoing involves the sexual abuse of a male student while Hastert was serving as a high school teacher and wrestling coach decades ago.

Each count comes with a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Hastert was released on $4,500 bond today after surrendering his passport.

It was his first public appearance after more than 10 days hiding from in a sprawling Wisconsin vacation house, though was spotted Monday making the four-hour drive back to his Plano, Ill. home to prepare for his court appearance.

Last week the sister of a second alleged sexual abuse victim told ABC News that her brother, Steve Reinboldt, was molested by Hastert while Reinboldt was serving as his high school team's wrestling manager in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

PHOTO: Dennis Hastert and his wife stop at a gas station on their way back to their home in Plano, Ill.ABC News
Dennis Hastert and his wife stop at a gas station on their way back to their home in Plano, Ill.

Decades later in Congress, Hastert often spoke about family values, and in sex scandals involving other lawmakers, presented himself as a guardian of children.

"Our children need to be protected and we are going to do everything we can to protect them," he said in 2006.

Hastert has retained high-powered D.C. defense attorney Thomas Green for his case. Neither Hastert nor Green have commented on the bank fraud or sexual abuse allegations.

PHOTO: Dennis Hastert, top right, and Steve Reinboldt, bottom right, shown in the 1970 Yorkville High School yearbook wrestling team photo.Jolene Reinbolt / Yorkville High School Yearbook
Dennis Hastert, top right, and Steve Reinboldt, bottom right, shown in the 1970 Yorkville High School yearbook wrestling team photo.

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