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The Latest on Dennis Hastert: 1st court appearance set for Tuesday in hush money case

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2006 file photo, then House Speaker Dennis Hastert, left, walks away from the media after answering questions about ex-Rep. Mark Foley's involvement with former pages at a news conference in Aurora, Ill. The 73-year-old Hastert appears in court Tuesday, June 9, 2015 for the first time since an indictment two weeks ago alleged the former U.S. House speaker agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct by the Illinois Republican.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2006 file photo, then House Speaker Dennis Hastert, left, walks away from the media after answering questions about ex-Rep. Mark Foley's involvement with former pages at a news conference in Aurora, Ill. The 73-year-old Hastert appears in court Tuesday, June 9, 2015 for the first time since an indictment two weeks ago alleged the former U.S. House speaker agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct by the Illinois Republican. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)  (The Associated Press)

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is set to appear in court for the first time since an indictment handed down nearly two weeks ago alleged that he agreed to pay $3.5 million to keep past misconduct secret.

The 76-year-old Illinois Republican will enter a plea to charges that he broke banking laws and lied to FBI investigators about the money. The arraignment is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday in federal court in Chicago.

The indictment doesn't say what Hastert was trying to keep secret.

But a person familiar with the allegations told The Associated Press the payments were intended to conceal claims Hastert sexually molested someone decades ago. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.