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Former House speaker sentenced to more than a year in prison

CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. Full Article

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  1. Mike r

    i dont see how they can use hearsay evidence that hasn’t been adjucated as a determining factor for imposing a maximum or harsher sentence i mean I think the guy is guilty of sexual offenses but that has not been proven as a fact to enhance his sentence

  2. Mike r

    the court is using the circumstantial and hearsay evidence as if they were facts that have already been proven seems like a due process violation to me

  3. BeeH

    According to the story, Hastert admitted to the judge that he sexually abused one of the students. He cannot be prosecuted for any of the sexual abuse accusations because of the statue of limitations. But I’m sure the judge can consider that admission during sentencing.

    I think Hastert is getting off easy. Look at Bill Cosby.. As a result of the accusations against him there is an uproar aimed at eliminating statutes of limitation.

    • Dennis H

      Getting off easy is an understatement.. Will have have to register at all?

      Here are his famous quotes:

      “In 2003, when Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart, was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and held captive for nine months before escaping, Hastert issued the following statement:

      “It is important to have a national notification system to help safely recover children kidnapped by child predators. But it is equally important to stop those predators before they strike, to put repeat child molesters into jail for the rest of their lives and to help law enforcement with the tools they need to get the job done.”

      In 2006, after passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which required states to expand sex offender registries, Speaker Hastert said in a statement:

      “At home, we put the security of our children first, and Republicans are doing just that in our nation’s House. We’ve all seen the disturbing headlines about sex offenders and crimes against children. These crimes cannot persist. Protecting our children from Internet predators and child exploitation enterprises are just as high a priority as securing our border from terrorists.””

      • David H

        all these sob’s are this way–republicans especially. Remember Foley of Florida with his interns; Craig of Idaho in his bathroom excursions They all stood at the moral podium espousing get tough on sexual predators.

        They are this was because they hate themselves for what they cant control. So it seems if you get a grand-stander like the Moran of IML look into his activities and past

        • Fedup

          Well hopefully, they reap the benefits of their hard work!

      • Frank

        My guess is that this guy isn’t the only member of our legislature who has or had some skeletons in his closet.
        These guys are sleaze bags.
        They have the nerve to punish others for the exact things they have done.

  4. Brubaker

    Ex-housespeaker hastert should have state registry’s renamed the hastert registry…’Expand’ that.!
    Proves once again this registry is a sham ,two face phony scheme.
    The hastert registry ..You just got GOT.

  5. Timothy Clarke

    There is speculation he travel to Vietnam and Cambodia for child sex tourism. Is this the real reason for international Megan’s Law. TV news media was awfully silent on the sentencing of Dennis hastert. What would psychologist say about Dennis hastert Champion of the Adam Walsh Act was a Serial child molester when he push the bill through. He’s also not subject to its Provisions even though he is an admitted child molester. This is hypocracy of the highest order.
    This and all other organizations working to reform sex offender registry laws need to somehow point this out to the courts

  6. Erwin

    I can’t say to much on this former house speaker that anyone else has already said on this forum. The man was a sleazeball. He’s a hypocrite. This is the same man who went after Bill Clinton for immoral sex. And please, no one should try to compare the two instances. Monica Lewinsky was an adult. Hastert now admits to diddling with over 9 high school kids. The sad part is because of expired statue of limitations, Hastert’s only getting 15 months on some federal money laundering charge. Kind of the same thing that brought down Al Capone instead of the vicious crimes he actually perpetrated. Hastert won’t even have to register as a sex offender. But regular people with no records are getting 3 to 4 years in prison just for having a sexual image on their computer. I won’t even get into Hastert’s politics but I will say he was a lying, disgusting creep that fooled too many people for too long

  7. Eric Knight


    According to this article in the USA Today (, Dennis Hastert has to register as a sex offender, even though he has no charges to base it upon. It’s not really going to hurt Hastert as he will be rich enough to mitigate most of the negative effects, but he does have to register.

    • Paul

      Good! Sex Offender Hastert (he should get use to that stigma now) was Speaker when the 2006 AWA went through (as well as a few others). Nothing makes me happier than knowing he has to register! Welcome to Price Club!

    • Lake County

      Here’s another article that says:

      The man who for eight years was second in the line of succession to the presidency must submit to sex-offender treatment after he’s released, Durkin said. The idea behind the practice is to reduce the danger sex offenders pose.

      A lie-detector test would seek to determine how many times Hastert sexually abused kids and over what time period, Chicago attorney Terry Ekl explained.

      “If you find out there were victims just 40 years ago or throughout his life, that would affect his treatment.” Similar tests could include a device called a penile plethysmograph, which gauges a known molester’s physical reaction to specific images.

      Because Hastert was not convicted of a sex crime, he will “not” have to register as a sex offender.

      –I found several articles online that said he does have to register and several articles that say he does not have to register, so I’m not sure what the court actually said. From the many articles I’ve read, I think he was ordered to get the treatment, but he doesn’t have to register. With his money, he could likely appeal and delay the sex offender treatment part of the sentence long enough until his health issues or death prevent him from getting any sex offender treatment.

      • ProvenU Wrong >23yrs

        Even ABC News said that ex-speaker of the house bastert..I mean hastert , does NOT register sex offender.
        Difference between labeled sex offender to Not is one: Hush Money …hastert abused his power & authority getting that what should be now repealed washlup law (whatever name)..saying one thing doing another. His pushing that law to others yet protecting himself with bribes hush money to obstruct justice from coming forward.
        These registries are a fraud , hastert has helped proved it.

    • JohnDoeUtah

      To me it reads that he will have to register while on supervised release.

  8. i can't wait to die

    Is Dennis Hastert being protected?

    after reading this:

    i wanted to write a letter to Dennis Hastert but searched the BOP Inmate locator and received zero results; i even went to the prisons website in MN. where it is reported that he is being held to search for this criminal and still zero results. not sure if i’m doing something wrong or is he being protected

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