Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months In Prison in Hush-Money Sexual Abuse Case

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was sentenced to 15 months in jail for bank fraud charges after admitting he had sexually abused students while working at a high school decades ago.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin sentenced Hastert to the jail time, followed by two years of supervised release, and issued him a $250,000 fine. The former speaker must also attend sex offender treatment and will not be allowed to contact his alleged victims, Durkin added.

The statute of limitations for the abuse allegations has lapsed, and the banking charges carry a maximum sentence of five years. The recommended sentence was zero to five months, and Hastert’s defense argued that the 74-year-old should be given probation due in part to his age and his failing health.

Hastert may be eligible for a compassionate care release if his health deteriorates, which would mean he could be issued a new sentence, Durkin said.

source: Huffington Post