Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison, $250K fine

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert sentenced to 15 months in prison, $250K fine
Dennis Hastert (Image: Fox video screen grab)

A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced Dennis Hastert to 15 months in prison and ordered the former House Speaker to pay $250,000 to a fund for victims of sexual abuse for violating banking laws to pay off a person he molested in the 1970s.

Judge Thomas M. Durkin announced the sentence today. He further ordered that Hastert must undergo sex offender treatment abd two years of supervised release after his sentences has been served.

The hush-money case centered on accusations that Hastert sexually abused at least four students during his stint as a high school wrestling coach.

Hastert pleaded guilty last fall to violating banking law as he sought to pay someone referred to as Individual A $3.5 million to keep the sex abuse secret.

The Associated Press via Fox News adds:

Before he sentenced Hastert, [Judge] Durkin described the 74-year-old Illinois Republican as a “serial child molester,” and [said] that “accusing Individual A of extorting you was unconscionable.”

Hastert was the nation’s longest-serving GOP speaker and was second in the line of succession to the presidency.

A former high school athlete who said he was sexually abused by Hastert when the former House speaker was his wrestling coach told a courtroom Wednesday that he was “devastated” after Hastert molested him.


Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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