Dennis Hastert

This undated file photo provided by the Lake County Sheriff's Department shows ex-U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Hastert has officially completed his 15-month prison sentence and is no longer being monitored by law enforcement. Bureau of Prisons records indicate Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, was the end of Hastert's period under federal custody. Illinois' Lake County Sheriff's Office says it stopped its electronic monitoring of the 75-year-old Wednesday morning. He now begins two years of probation. (Lake County Sheriff Department via AP File)

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CHICAGO — An Illinois lawsuit filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert that alleged a sexual assault has been dismissed.

Kendall County Circuit Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Monday that the statute of limitations required dismissal of lawsuit.

Attorneys for the accuser alleged the man was "intimidated into silence" by Hastert's power. Hastert's attorney, John Ellis, argued the legal window to sue expired two years after the accuser turned 18. The man is now in his 50s.

The lawsuit alleged Hastert sodomized the accuser when he was in the fourth grade in a bathroom stall in Yorkville, Illinois, in the early 1970s. The suburban Chicago man did not see his attacker's face, but said he learned it was Hastert weeks after.

The 75-year-old Hastert served a 15-month sentence for violating bank withdrawal reporting requirements. He was released from prison in July.

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