Ex-Speaker Hastert enters prison to serve 15-month sentence

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ROCHESTER, Minn.- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert entered a federal prison on Wednesday to serve his 15-month sentence.

Hasert was found guilty in a hush-money case following allegations of the abuse of at least four boys when he coached wrestling in Illinois from 1965 to 1981.

He was never charged with child abuse because the statutes of limitation prevented prosecutors from filing those charges.

Hastert was charged with violating banking laws for trying to pay $3.5 million in hush money to one victim referred to in court papers only as “Individual A”.

During his sentencing in April in Chicago, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin proclaimed Hastert as  “a serial child molester”.

Upon completion of his sentence (of which he must serve 80 percent), Hastert must spend two years on supervised release and undergo sex-offender treatment.