Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, for his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, once one of the country's most powerful politicians, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in federal prison for a financial crime related to his sexual abuse of high school wrestlers decades ago.U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert a serial sex abuser in handing down the sentence, which was longer than the zero to six months recommended by federal prosecutors. Durkin asked Hastert if he acknowledged sexual abuse of his victims and Hastert said he did.Durkin said that an extremely aggravating factor in the sentencing was that Hastert lied to federal agents about the money and falsely claimed that the victim was extorting him. He said Hastert must serve two years of probation and go through sex-offender treatment after release, and also pay a $250,000 fine.
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