UPDATE on April 27, 2016: Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, April 27, for his guilty plea last October to structuring—a type of money laundering. The charges stem from hush money he is accused of paying to at least one youth he allegedly sexually abused while a teacher and coach in Illinois decades ago. Although the charge carries up to five years in prison, the government is recommending up to six months in prison. He could even receive a non-incarceration sentence which is what the defense is seeking.
Hastert reportedly paid $1.7 million to an accuser between 2010 and 2014. This was part of an oral agreement to pay a total of $3.5 million in exchange for the accuser’s promise not to go public with the allegations. After Hastert’s arrest for money laundering, the payments stopped.
On Monday, the accuser filed a lawsuit in Illinois state court seeking the balance of the $3.5 million agreement. In other words, he wants $1.8 million for the oral agreement. Details of the alleged assault are now public. Hastert is accused of giving the then-14-year-old a groin massage after the student complained of a groin pull at wrestling camp. Hastert then reportedly spent the night in the same bed with the youth at a motel.
Federal prosecutors believe Hastert abused as many as four boys while he was a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School in Illinois between 1965 and 1981. The sexual abuse crimes are too old to be prosecuted.
Another alleged victim is expected to attend Hastert’s sentencing hearing on Wednesday. It’s possible he’ll testify for the government.
Hastert has suffered poor health particularly since entering his guilty plea which could be a factor the court takes into consideration at sentencing.