In Chicago, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin ruled that disgraced former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is barred from contact with minors unless another adult is around who knows Hastert paid money to conceal that he'd sexually abused teenage boys, The Washington Post reported.
The Illinois Republican is also banned from possessing pornography and using sex-chat lines, and allow authorities to search his home and belongingseven without a warrant. In addition, he must get approval before using any computer or any device with internet access.
In 2015, Hastert, 75, admitted to issuing hush money and lying about it to the FBI. This past July, he left a federal prison in Minnesota after serving 13 months of a 15-month sentence.
In related news, depositions for Hastert and one of his alleged victims are expected to take place within the next couple of months, the Northwest Herald noted. Anonymous accuser James Doe claims that Hastert promised to pay him $3.5 million to keep quiet about Hastert's sexual assault of Doe when he was a freshman at Yorkville High Schoolbut has said that Hastert only paid him $1.7 million.
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