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Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert Legally Banned from Being Alone with Minors

A federal judge issued the order without explanation.

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Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was released from prison in July after serving 15 months for his role in covering up child molestation accusations. Now a judge has decided Hastert can never be alone with children.

Hastert is accused of molesting four teenage boys while he was a wrestling coach in an Illinois high school. He was never charged for those allegations, but pleaded guilty to using illegal cash withdrawals to pay hush money to an accuser.

"What I did was wrong and I regret it," Hastert said at his sentencing hearing in that case. "They looked up to me and I took advantage of them."

A federal judge imposed the new restrictions on Hastert without explanation on Wednesday.

"You shall not have contact with any person under the age of 18, except in the presence of a responsible adult who is aware of the nature of his/her background and current offense, and who has been approved by the probation officer and treatment provider," the judge ordered amid other restrictions.


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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.