Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House, was sentenced to 15mos in prison for bank fraud connected with sexually assaulting four boys when he was a wrestling coach. Hastert will also undergo sex offender treatment, following his time in prison he will be on 2 years supervised release, register as a sex offender and will be fined $250,000.
Frankly, 15 mos prison time is not enough for the lifetime of torment his victims are (30 years) and will have to deal with. Judge should have locked him up for maximum amount of time regardless his age and previous status.
Dennis Hastert gets 15 months in prison in hush money case
(CNN)Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victims’ fund in a hush money case that revealed he was being accused of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois.
He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release once he finishes his prison term.
For the first time, Hastert, 74, admitted to Judge Thomas M. Durkin in open court that he abused at least one boy.
Durkin, of the Northern District of Illinois, told Hastert that he should participate in a sex offender treatment program. The judge, who spent 30 minutes criticizing the former speaker for his actions, also cautioned Hastert to refrain from communicating with his alleged victims.
“I’m deeply ashamed to be standing before you here today,” Hastert said in court during his sentencing. “I know I’m here because I mistreated some of my athletes as a coach.”
Hastert apologized “to my constituents and my supporters and also my colleagues I served with.” He also apologized to his family and friends.
Hastert also acknowledged misleading the FBI last year when the agency was investigating the claims…read more