After the Chicago Tribune reported that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert paid millions of dollars in hush money to underage victims, four separate people came forward and made public allegations against him. Last week, a federal filing alleged that Hastert had sexually abused five minors while he was the wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois.
According to the sentencing memorandum filed on Friday, Hastert persistently abused boys, one as young as 14, and paid out over $3.5 million to cover his crimes. Prosecutors recommended that Hastert be sentenced to “no more than six months” in prison for his crimes. Because the statute of limitations has expired, it’s very likely that Hastert could spend zero time in prison. If Hastert and his lawyers have their way, the former speaker, who has already pled guilty to financial crimes relating to the case, will not spend any time in prison for sexual abuse.