Former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert reportedly paid $1.7 million to a former male student to conceal sexual misconduct.

On Thursday, the federal government indicted Hastert on charges of lying to the FBI about the reasons he withdrew the money. The indictment described misconduct against “Individual A.”

The Los Angeles Times on Friday quoted a federal law enforcement official as saying that the misconduct was “sex” and that Hastert had paid $1.7 million over the last four years to buy the man's silence. Hastert worked as a high school teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois until 1981.

According to the indictment, Hastert had agreed to pay the man a total of $3.5 million.

During his tenure in Congress, Hastert reliably voted against gay rights, including a vote in favor of the Marriage Protection Act (MPA), a bill which sought to prohibit federal courts from hearing cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or the MPA itself, and a constitutional amendment which would exclude gay couples from marriage. He also voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which sought to prohibit workplace discrimination “on the basis of sexual orientation.”

Ironically, Hastert, 73, was forced to resign his post in 2007 over allegations that he had failed to report inappropriate relations between former Florida Rep. Mark Foley and male Congressional pages.

Hastert rose to become House speaker after Rep. Bob Livingston of Louisiana, the presumed successor to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, suddenly left Congress amid a sex scandal.

In the wake of the allegations, Hastert has resigned from several boards.