Dennis Hastert

Lawyers for Dennis Hastert say the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives “adamantly denies'' he sodomized a fourth-grader in a bathroom stall in the early 1970s.

In a legal brief filed this week in Kendall County Circuit Court, Hastert attorney John Ellis argues the lawsuit filed by the alleged victim should be dismissed.

The lawsuit, filed in May, said the attack occurred either in 1973 or 1974, when the alleged victim was in fourth grade.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement.

Bureau of Prisons records indicate that Wednesday was the end of Hastert's period in federal custody. The Lake County Sheriff's Office says it stopped its electronic monitoring of the 75-year-old Wednesday morning. He now begins two years of probation.

Hastert pleaded guilty to banking violations in a hush-money case that revealed he sexually abused at least four high school students. 

An Illinois judge has refused a request by Dennis Hastert to bar reporters' cameras and recording devices from court in a May lawsuit accusing the ex-House speaker of sexually abusing a boy in a bathroom when he was a fourth-grader in the 1970s.

The accusation wasn't part of a criminal hush-money case against the 75-year-old Republican that sent him to prison for more than a year. That criminal case revealed Hastert abused at least four boys when he coached at Yorkville High School outside Chicago.

Lake County Sheriff's Office

A suburban Chicago sheriff's department says it has fitted Dennis Hastert with the kind of electronic monitoring that's typically used when recent convicts are placed on home confinement.

The Lake County Sheriffs' Office said Wednesday that authorities attached the device Monday shortly after the ex-U.S. House Speaker was released from a federal prison in Minnesota.

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility.

Hastert is nearing the end of a 15-month sentence that a federal judge gave him in April 2016 in a case that revealed accusations that he had sexually abused teenagers while he coached wrestling at Yorkville High School.

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