Attorneys for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert say they are not positive an allegation of a groin rub by a coach on a teenage wrestler constitutes sexual misconduct.
“While undoubtedly many would consider this episode as described by (Individual A) consisting of a groin rub for a groin pull and a massage, to be misconduct, we are not so certain that the incident qualifies as sexual misconduct, especially for a coach and trainer 42 years ago,” lawyers Thomas C. Green and John N. Gallo wrote in the court document.
The filing, which was unsealed Wednesday, was in response to a sentencing recommendation during a criminal case against the 74-year-old retired legislator. He pleaded guilty last year to structuring money transactions to evade reporting where he took massive amounts of funds he was withdrawing. He will be sentenced April 27.
Individual A is one of four boys who alleged Hastert sexually abused them decades ago.