Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert intends to plead guilty to at least one of the charges leveled against him in a case linked to purported decades-old sexual misconduct, his attorneys indicated in court today.
In late May Hastert was charged with one count each of “structuring currency transactions” and making false statements to the FBI about payments he allegedly made to an unnamed individual to conceal “prior misconduct.” Federal officials previously told ABC News Hastert’s alleged wrongdoing involves the sexual abuse of a male student while Hastert was serving as a high school teacher and wrestling coach decades ago. He originally pleaded not guilty.
Today Hastert’s attorneys informed the court that Hastert would change his plea in a hearing set for later this month. No other information about the plea deal — including to which charges he plans to plead guilty — were made available.
U.S. Attorney spokesperson Joe Fitzpatrick said Hastert and the government have “reached an agreement in principle for him to plead guilty.”