Once upon a time, Dennis Hastert looked forward to being the longest-serving Republican speaker of the House of Representatives. Today, he is more likely to be remembered for his reclining chair……
As a document filed in federal court in Illinois recently puts it, as a high school wrestling coach, Hastert “put a ‘Lazyboy’-type chair in direct view of the shower stalls in the locker room where he sat while the boys showered.”
Hastert told people he put it there to keep the boys from fighting. Now, prosecutors believe Hastert put it there for the view.
And just when Hastert thought things could not get worse — they got worse.
Last week, federal prosecutors released graphic accusations detailing how Hastert sexually abused at least four students who were on his wrestling team.
You would think keeping a large chair in a locker room would raise a few eyebrows. But it didn’t. That was the point. Hastert was practically worshipped at his school and in his town……
Steve Reinboldt told his sister that Hastert abused him for four years. His sister asked him why he had not spoken up sooner.
“And he just turned around and kind of looked at me and said, ‘Who is ever going to believe me?’” Reinboldt’s sister said. Reinboldt died in 1995.