Report: Hastert won't appeal prison sentence
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Former Speaker Dennis HastertJohn (Dennis) Dennis HastertFeehery: DC will become the inverse of West Berlin Feehery: The left's phony concerns about democracy, civil war Feehery: What House Republicans should promise when they take over MORE (R-Ill.) won’t appeal his 15-month prison sentence in a hush-money case conviction that revealed allegations of sexual abuse, according to The Chicago Tribune.


Hastert’s Chicago-based attorney, John Gallo, told the Tribune Thursday that Hastert would not appeal the sentence but did not elaborate.

In April, Judge Thomas M. Durkin of the Northern District of Illinois announced the sentence, calling Hastert a “serial child molester.”

The judge ruled Hastert must face two years of supervised release, during which Hastert is prohibited from contacting the alleged victims. He will also pay a $250,000 fine.

Hastert pleaded guilty in October to structuring transactions to hide payments he was making to one of his accusers.

Hastert admitted to having "mistreated" several former student athletes from his time as a high school wrestling coach and apologized. During his sentencing, the judge pressed him for details and asked directly if Hastert had sexually abused the victims.

Hastert replied, "Yes. What I did was wrong, and I regret it. They looked to me, and I took advantage of them."

A surrender date has not yet been set for Hastert, who will need to be at a prison facility with medical care because of health issues.