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Hastert denies attacking fourth-grader in bathroom in early 1970s

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  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the federal courthouse in Chicago in 2015.

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the federal courthouse in Chicago in 2015.
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Former U.S. House Dennis Hastert "adamantly denies" he sodomized a fourth-grader in a bathroom stall in the early 1970s, his attorney says.

He is asking a Kendall County judge to toss a lawsuit filed earlier this year by the man alleging the attack.

Hastert attorney John Ellis argued in a legal memo filed this week that the law barred the victim, known only as Richard Doe, from making his claims more than two years after he turned 18 -- a deadline that likely passed in 1985.

The lawsuit, filed in May, said the attack occurred either in 1973 or 1974, when the man was in fourth grade.

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