Transcript for Dennis Hastert Expected to Plead Guilty
We got the latest now on go. former house speaker Dennis Hastert expected in federal court this morning to plead guilty after he was discovered paying millions of dollars of hush money to cover up sexual abuse while he was a high school wrestling coach. ABC's Brian Ross is in chewing with that story. Mr. Speaker -- Reporter: Once second in line to the presidency, Dennis Hastert will become the first speaker of the house to be convicted of a crime, at least since the civil war. The charges against Hastert come out of his role as a popular high school wrestling coach in yorkville, Illinois in the 1970s. Authorities say he sexually abused several teenage boys on the team and a few years ago began to pay one of them more than a million dollars in hush money to keep quiet. These boys were 14, 15, 16 years old. Reporter: Jolene verge told ABC news her late brother Steven Rhine bold was another of Hastert's victims, something she says she learned years later had they brother told her he was gay. I asked, Stevie, when was your first same-sex experience? I mean, he just looked at me and said, it was with Dennis Hastert. And I just -- I was stunned. Reporter: Authorities say what tripped up Hastert was not the alleged sexual misconduct from decades ago but his more recent efforts to pay off one of his victims to keep quiet. He's charged with violating bank laws for not reporting his huge cash withdrawals and then lying to the FBI about them. He's expected this morning, George, to plead guilty to one of those two counts either one of which normally means time behind bars, George. Okay, Brian, thanks very much.
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