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  Dennis Hastert Is Sentenced to 15 Months, and Apologizes for Sex Abuse
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Last EditedRP  Apr 27, 2016 03:50pm
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AuthorMONICA DAVEY, JULIE BOSMAN and MITCH SMITH
MediaNewspaper - New York Times
News DateWednesday, April 27, 2016 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionJ. Dennis Hastert, once among this nation’s most powerful politicians, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Wednesday for illegally structuring bank transactions in an effort to cover up his sexual abuse of young members of a wrestling team he coached decades ago.

Mr. Hastert, 74, who made an unlikely rise from beloved small-town wrestling coach in Illinois to speaker of the House in Washington, sat in a wheelchair in a federal courtroom here as a judge announced his fate.

“The defendant is a serial child molester,” said Judge Thomas M. Durkin of Federal District Court in a tough rebuke of the former speaker before issuing his sentence. The judge added, “Nothing is more stunning than having ‘serial child molester’ and ‘speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.”

Judge Durkin pointed out the vulnerability of Mr. Hastert’s young victims, and said they had been damaged for years. “If there’s a public shaming of the defendant because of the conduct he’s engaged in, so be it,” he said.
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