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New Hastert Accuser Allowed To Use Pseudonym In Lawsuit


The man who is suing former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert over an alleged sexual assault more than four decades ago will be able to use a fictitious name, a Kendall County judge ordered on Tuesday.

Judge Robert P. Pilmer granted the motion for the man to proceed using the name "Richard Doe."

According to court documents obtained by WNIJ, the  Plaintiff's filing from May 26 claims "the identification of [the] Plaintiff in court documents would bring significant unwanted publicity to [the] Plaintiff and his family."

Doe, by and through his attorneys, claims Hastert sexually assaulted him in a bathroom at the Game Farm Building (now the parking lot of Yorkville High School.) The Plaintiff says the encounter occurred when he was in fourth grade in 1973 or 1974.

He is seeking $50,000 in damages.

Hastert is serving a 15-month prison term for violating federal banking regulations while paying off a promised $3.5 million to another man to keep quiet about their "prior relationship" while Hastert was a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School. He is scheduled to be released in August 2017.

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