Skip to comments.Video: Sister of alleged Dennis Hastert victim goes public
Posted on 06/05/2015 6:46:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
It took 20 years for Jolene Reinboldt to have anyone take her story seriously. After her brother Steve died of AIDS in 1995, she was shocked to see Dennis Hastert, her brother’s teacher and coach in high school, show up for the viewing. She followed Hastert out to the parking lot and told him she knew his secret, and then tried for years to get law enforcement and news agencies to investigate it, all to no avail. Two weeks ago, though, the FBI came calling and wanted to hear her story for themselves as part of an investigation into large amounts of cash being moved around by Hastert. ABC News interviewed Reinboldt this morning, who can now tell a story that started in 1979:
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In Steve Reinboldts 1970 high school yearbook, wrestling coach Dennis Hastert wrote that Steve was his great, right hand man as the student equipment manager of the Yorkville, Illinois wrestling team.
But Steve was also a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of Hastert, Steves sister said today in an interview with ABC News. It is the first time an alleged Hastert victim has been identified by name since his indictment for lying to the FBI and violating federal banking laws to cover-up past misconduct. Hastert, due in court next week, has not responded to the allegations.
In an emotional interview, Steve Reinboldts sister Jolene said she first learned of her late brothers purported years-long sexual abuse at the hands of the future Speaker of the House back in 1979 when her older brother revealed to her that he was gay and had been out of high school for eight years.
I asked him, when was your first same sex experience. He looked at me and said, It was with Dennis Hastert, Jolene said. I was stunned.” …
Jolene said she wanted to speak publicly on behalf of her family about her brothers ordeal because she believes there may be other victims and she wanted them to know theyre not alone, that when they were kids, at that point in their life when they were going through this, it wasn’t talked about like it is now.
But now theres people that are going to believe them, Jolene said. I just think its really important that these kids get a chance to work through this because I think its going to give them a lot of relief… Please, come forward.
She tried especially hard to get the story out in 2006, during the Mark Foley scandal. ABC notes in the article that it was one of the media outlets she contacted, but they found nothing solid to report. The money-structuring indictment has opened the door to get this story out, with this being the first public identification of an alleged Hastert victim.
The problem for Reinboldt in terms of legal action is twofold, assuming this is true, and that’s still a significant assumption. First, it’s almost certain that the statute of limitations has expired, on top of which the testimony provided is hearsay originating with a deceased person. ABC News didn’t go forward with the story in 2006 probably for the same reasons. The indictment and the circumstances surrounding it give them an opening to report it now (and Hastert’s not saying anything at all these days, let alone issuing denials), but this is as far as it will go for Reinboldt, at least as far as seeking justice for her brother. She knows that, which is why she’s hoping that surviving victims will come forward.
If there are surviving victims, they probably will emerge now that Hastert’s secret is out. It’s possible that Hastert is innocent entirely, although believing a retired politician would pay millions to keep innocence quiet is a stretch. If not, then it’s likely that there are multiple victims. Hastert wasn’t paying Steve Reinboldt the cash, after all, and it wasn’t Jolene’s voice on that strange C-SPAN call last year. Hastert’s pattern of involvement in sports and Explorers as well as teaching certainly gave him opportunities to victimize others, if he was inclined to do so. If this turns out the way Jolene Reinboldt and others suspect, Hastert’s a sick man who should never have been given a public trust in the first place.
None of this mitigates the fact that the money-structuring charges against Hastert are questionable at best. Those laws were passed by Congress as a means to fight the war on drugs, not to snag people for what are otherwise lawful transactions — and paying compensation for past crimes doesn’t break the law, no matter what we think of those crimes. The problem for Hastert is that a jury will want to seek justice for the alleged crimes, perhaps more than they want to question the enforcement of the law that brought those alleged crimes to light. I’d bet that Hastert’s legal team waives a jury trial and hopes to get a judge with some room for skepticism about the prosecution of this case.
In the meantime, Hastert remains “in hiding,” as Brian Ross notes in this report. He’d better get used to it.
Someone should throw their “Love has no labels” BS right back at them.
If it’s homosexual behavior with a Republican, it’s “abuse”?
If it’s homosexual behavior with a Democrat, it’s “just about love”?
Was this a democratic "ace-in-the-hole" option to keep the Hassler in check that they never used, so now someone pulls it out to try to make a little $$$ after-the-fact? Hmmmmm......
You called it.
These folks never are asked to distinguish between pederasty and homosexuality. It’s like they invented the term “sexual abuse of children” which they used in the Foley matter, and it has no context. As in oh-by-the-way, the correlation coefficient is about .94 between homosexuality and this abuse. Perhaps, even .99.
Hope Hastert spends a lot of time in jail, having done to him what he did to that kid.
Why isn’t the public entitled to know who the criminal is that is only identified anonymously...blackmail is a federal crime.
Hastert was for all practical purposes selected for office. Who were the power brokers who selected him, and did they know he was compromised by his behavior?
True, but like it or not, when closet-case Republicans who make hay from thumping on “family values” and morality are exposed as frauds and degenerates, that provides more fodder for scandal than people like Barney Frank who shout about their homosexuality from the rooftops.
of course they knew; that gave them control over him.
The sad part about it is they see no wrong in what they do. They believe that their victims relish their “first time.”
Homosexual Activist Larry Kramer: “In those instances where children do have sex with their homosexual elders, be they teachers or anyone else, I submit that often, very often, the child desires the activity, and perhaps even solicits it, either because of a natural curiosity that will or will not develop along these lines, or because he or she is homosexual and innately knows it. This is far from recruitment.”
Respect lets Hastert pin down speaker’s post
Chicago Sun-Times (IL) (Published as Chicago Sun-Times) - December 21, 1998
His first political bid was unsuccessful. Hastert finished fourth out of five candidates for two positions from the 39th Legislative District that included parts of DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. But he established a political base as the leading vote-getter in Kendall County.
In 1981, Hastert, with the support of (Kendall County Republican Chairman Dallas) Ingemunson and then-state Sen. John Grotberg (R-St. Charles), was appointed to the Illinois House when state Rep. Allan L. Schoeberlein resigned. Hastert eventually became the ranking GOP member of the Revenue Committee.
Hastert was chosen as the GOP’s replacement nominee for the U.S. House from the 14th Congressional District in 1986 when the incumbent resigned for health reasons. Hastert survived a powerful challenge from Kane County Coroner Mary Lou Kearns. Since then, Hastert easily has been re-elected.
In the U.S. House, Hastert was groomed for a future leadership role by House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel (R-Peoria), who led the GOP from 1981 until 1994. Hastert also worked closely with the late Rep. Edward Madigan (R-Lincoln), who served as Michel’s chief deputy whip. Hastert was among the key strategists in Madigan’s unsuccessful 1988 run against Newt Gingrich for GOP whip. Michel later named Hastert one of six deputy whips.
When the GOP won a House majority in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, Hastert managed Texas conservative Tom DeLay’s election as majority whip.
DeLay then appointed Hastert as chief deputy.
If he was the “victim”. Then where is the money? Did he leave it to his sister? Did she pay the Death Tax on it? Did her brother know the kid whose hair was cut off by Mitt Romney?
Looks to me like the GOP establishment selected him and then moved him up the ranks with little competition. What character trait or leadership quality made him so qualified?
I had not been aware of Hastert until the late, great Bob Novak broke the story that Hastert was the odds-on-favorite to succeed Livingston as Speaker.
IIRC, at the time, Hastert was the “low-key, non-controversial” speaker choice, after Noot’s fireworks, and Livingston’s self-immolation.
This probably helps explain why Hastert suddenly decided to retire as speaker after the Mark Foley incident. He was probably afraid of exposure. Gee, I wonder why no one in law enforcement investigates Clintons victims.
“What character trait or leadership quality made him so qualified?”
Hastert was basically #3 behind Gingrich and DeLay, so when both of those guys got sidelined, he pretty much automatically got promoted.
More from same article:
“He is just an all-around good, solid guy and a very skillful legislator,” said Gov.-elect George Ryan, who was Illinois House speaker in 1981 when Hastert began his political career as a state legislator. “He’s a down-to-earth, common-sense guy who gets along with everyone and always keeps his word. Denny did so well in Springfield that it wasn’t surprising that he became the go-to guy in our congressional delegation.”
But an out of court settlement is not.
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