Dennis Hastert

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert starts prison term

Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert starts prison term

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert arrived Wednesday at a Minnesota prison to serve his 15-month sentence in a hush-money case involving revelations that he sexually abused at least four boys when he coached wrestling at an Illinois high school.

The 74-year-old Illinois Republican arrived around noon local time at the federal prison where he will be known as Inmate No. 47991-424. Hastert is one of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to go to prison.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin branded Hastert "a serial child molester" when he imposed the sentence in April.

Hastert wasn't charged with child abuse because of statutes of limitation. He coached at...

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