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Hastert to Report to Prison

Former House speaker got 15 months in hush-money scheme that revealed past sex abuse

Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in April. (J. Scott Ferrell/ CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will report to a prison this week following his conviction in a hush-money scheme that revealed he sexually abused minors decades ago, his lawyer confirmed to The Associated Press .  

His attorney, Thomas Green, said Monday that Hastert  will report to the Rochester Federal Medical Center in Minnesota, which provides intensive health care to its prisoners. He must report by Wednesday.  

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The Illinois Republican was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal judge in Chicago on April 27. Hastert admitted at sentencing he sexually abused underage boys during his days as a high school teacher and coach in the 1960s and 1970s.  

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The statute of limitations had expired on those cases, but prosecutors charged him last year with paying money to one of the victims to cover the misconduct.   

Hastert's attorney asked in a sentencing memo that he receive only probation, citing the "humiliation and isolation" he and his family have experienced since the allegations became public.  

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In the memo, Hastert's attorneys lay out an array of health problems that include needing a caregiver 24 hours a day to meet his basic needs. Hastert, who appeared in the courtroom in a wheelchair, has suffered a stroke and has diabetes.  

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