Moments ago, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in his hush-money case by a judge who called him a "serial child molester" and ordered him to enroll in a sex-offender treatment program.
As NBC reports, Hastert, 74, was accused of abusing four boys between the ages of 14 and 17 when he was a coach at Yorkville High School decades ago. While he was not charged with any sexual crimes because of the statute of limitations, but he pleaded guilty to making illegal cash withdrawals to pay off one of his accusers.
Hastert pleaded guilty to illegally structuring bank transactions between 2010 and 2014 to avoid having them reported to regulators. Prosecutors say he was using the money to pay off a man known only as Individual A, who says Hastert molested him on a wrestling camp trip. Individual A is not testifying at the hearing and sued Hastert this week to collect the remainder of the $3.5 million he says he was promised after he confronted Hastert.
The ex-politician, who arrived in a wheelchair, had no reaction as U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin handed down the sentence, which includes a $250,000 fine and two years supervised release, in a Chicago courtroom.