Just over a week ago, news reports alleged that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert tried to conceal that he sexually abused at least one former student when he was a high school teacher and wrestling coach.
Now, in interviews released Friday, the sister of one of Dennis Hastert's former students alleged that Hastert abused her brother almost 45 years ago.
It's unclear how the alleged victim, Steve Reinboldt, who died in 1995, factors into the indictment against Hastert, released last Thursday. It detailed how Hastert hid payments totaling more than $1 million to "Individual A"—which he made to cover up "prior misconduct"—and then lied to the FBI about it. Last Friday, two law-enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that the misconduct in question was sexual abuse.
Reinboldt's sister, Jolene Burdge, told Good Morning America she doesn't know who Individual A is, but she suspects that person knows what happened to her brother.
"Here was the mentor, the man who was, you know, basically his friend and stepped into that parental role, who was the one who was abusing him," Burdge said in the interview. "He damaged Steve I think more than any of us will ever know."
Burdge said Hastert abused Reinboldt during Reinboldt's entire high school career, when he was an equipment manager for the Yorkville, Illinois, wrestling team that Hastert coached.