Federal Court

Hastert Gets 15 Months, Admits Abuse at Sentencing
Hush-money scheme revealed dark past; one victim brother of political ally

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) arrives at federal court in Chicago for his hush-money case sentencing. (Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Former House speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on Wednesday for a hush money scheme after an emotional court hearing in which he admitted to abusing underage boys during his years as a high school teacher and wrestling coach.  

Hastert, 74, said during his sentencing hearing in Chicago that he remembered abusing one of the four victims that prosecutors have identified but could not recall the others. He replied "yes" when Judge Thomas Durkin asked him outright if he committed the abuse, according to the Chicago Tribune .  

'Humiliated and Isolated,' Hastert Seeks Probation
Former speaker pleaded guilty in hush-money scheme that may be linked to sexual misconduct

Dennis Hastert faces sentencing in a hush-money scheme later this month.  (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorneys for Dennis Hastert asked a federal judge considering his sentence in a hush-money case with links to possible sexual misconduct to consider “the humiliation and isolation” the former House speaker and his family have experienced.  

Hastert's lawyers requested U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin impose probation, according to a sentencing memo filed with the court in Chicago on Wednesday.