Emotions ran high at the state capitol Tuesday, as a child sex abuse victim of Dennis Hastert lobbied for changing the rules on prosecuting child predators.

Hastert, the former House Speaker, is serving time at a federal prison for his hush-money case. Hastert pleaded guilty to violating banking laws while seeking to pay $3.5 million dollars to someone he sexually molested. Officials say Hastert abused at least four boys when he coached wrestling at Yorkville High School.

 One of Hastert’s victims testified before the Illinois Senate’s Criminal Law Committee on Tuesday. The committee voted unanimously to eliminate the statutes of limitations on prosecuting child abusers.

Scott Cross was just 17 years old when then-wrestling coach Dennis Hastert sexually molested him. Cross says, many times, victims spend a lifetime trying to recover, and there should be no limitation on getting justice for sexual crimes committed against children. “I could not let him get away with this any longer,” said Cross. “Somebody needed to step up.”

It was an emotional day as child sex assault survivor Scott Cross testified before the Senate’s Criminal Law Committee. Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined Cross as they urged the committee to support Senate Bill 189, along with Senator Scott Bennett, the bill’s sponsor, and St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.

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