Wrestling Hall of Fame to reconsider Hastert’s inclusion
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STILLWATER, Okla. — The National Wrestling Hall of Fame says its ethics committee will consider whether to remove Dennis Hastert from its list of honorees after the former House speaker admitted sexually abusing teenagers decades ago.
Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to breaking federal banking rules in a scheme to cover up sexual abuse. Federal prosecutors accused Hastert of sexually abusing high school athletes when he was a wrestling coach in Yorkville.
The Wrestling Hall of Fame, based in Oklahoma, said its ethics committee will make a recommendation to its board, which will vote on whether Hastert should be removed.
Hastert received the organization’s “Order of Merit” in 1995 and its “Outstanding American” award in 2000.