Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleading Guilty To Violating Banking Laws

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Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House, was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. Christian K. Lee / AP File Photo
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Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House, was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. Christian K. Lee / AP File Photo

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert Pleading Guilty To Violating Banking Laws

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is not charged with sexual abuse, but it’s those allegations that may land him in prison. The allegations are fair game for the judge to consider at sentencing. Judges consider both mitigating and aggravating factors. The judge could decide the abuse merits some prison time for Hastert, or he could increase the length of the sentence based on aggravating factors. There’s nothing in the charges about sexual abuse because too much time has passed.