For eight year, Dennis "Denny" Hastert served as the U.S. House speaker under both presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, making him the longest-serving Republican speaker in history. But then he was rocked with scandal when allegations were lobbied against him that he had molested boys decades ago when serving as a high school coach and teacher.
According to NBC News, Hastert has admitted to "mistreatment" of the boys and apologized but can't be criminally charged for the abuse because the statute of limitations has expired.
Just now, however, a judge has sentenced Hastert for covering up "hush-money" he was giving to the victims to keep them quiet. Hastert pled guilty to the financial cover-up this year but, even today, said he didn't remember abusing the boys. He did say, though, that he accepted their accusations.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert a "serial child molester" but handed down a sentence of only 15 months for the financial crimes. The 74-year-old Hastert is in poor health, and according to the Chicago Sun Times, Durkin said, "This is not meant to be a death sentence.”