Former House Speaker And "Serial Child Molester" Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Moments ago, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in his hush-money case by a judge who called him a "serial child molester" and ordered him to enroll in a sex-offender treatment program.

As NBC reports, Hastert, 74, was accused of abusing four boys between the ages of 14 and 17 when he was a coach at Yorkville High School decades ago. While he was not charged with any sexual crimes because of the statute of limitations, but he pleaded guilty to making illegal cash withdrawals to pay off one of his accusers.

Hastert pleaded guilty to illegally structuring bank transactions between 2010 and 2014 to avoid having them reported to regulators. Prosecutors say he was using the money to pay off a man known only as Individual A, who says Hastert molested him on a wrestling camp trip. Individual A is not testifying at the hearing and sued Hastert this week to collect the remainder of the $3.5 million he says he was promised after he confronted Hastert.

The ex-politician, who arrived in a wheelchair, had no reaction as U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin handed down the sentence, which includes a $250,000 fine and two years supervised release, in a Chicago courtroom.

Earlier, Hastert listened as one of his accusers broke a lifelong silence and testified about being molested in a locker room in 1979 and as the sister of another accuser demanded he "tell the truth." Before he learned his fate, Hastert apologized "to the boys I mistreated when I was their coach" but pointedly did not use word abuse. "What I did was wrong and I regret it," the onetime Republican power broker testified. "They looked up to me and I took advantage of them."

One of the ex-students, Scott Cross, told the court that when he was a senior in high school in 1979, Hastert took off his shorts and sexually fondled him during a massage after a workout. "As a 17-year-old boy I was devastated. I tried to figure out why Coach Hastert had singled me out. I felt terribly alone," Cross, who is called Individual D in court papers, testified. "Today I understand I did nothing to bring this on, but at age 17, I could not understand what happened or why."

"I've always felt that what Coach Hastert had done to me was my darkest secret," the father of two told the judge, adding that he was not sure until he took the stand that he could bring himself to talk about the incident.

"I wanted you to know the pain and suffering he caused me then and still causes me today. Most importantly, I want my children and anyone else who was ever treated the way I was that there is an alternative to staying in silence.

The sister of another accuser, who died of AIDS in 1995, took the stand to tell Hastert he stole her brother's innocence.

"Don't be a coward," Jolene Burdge, sister of Steven Reinboldt, told him. "Tell the truth. You were supposed to keep him safe, not violate him," she added. "I always wonder if you're sorry for what you did or if you're sorry you got caught."

The answer should be obvious.

Asked by the judge if he had sexually abused Cross, Hastert said he did not remember doing it but would "accept his statement."

He was more defensive about Burdge's molestation claim. "It was a different situation, sir," he said when the judge asked he had abused Reinboldt. When the judge pressed him, Hastert added, "I will accept Ms. Burdge's statement."

Hastert, who had a stroke several months ago, has cited his health problems as a reason he should be sentenced to probation. Prosecutors recommended a six-month sentence in accordance with the sentencing guidelines.

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Bunghole's picture

Good thing he's protected class.

Your average Joe would have got 10-20 with lots of unconsenting butt sex

Silky Johnson's picture

Yeah, whoa! Look out, 15 months, and his trial has already covered 14 probably.

Latina Lover's picture

Justice will only be realized when Hastert is released into the general prison population.  They will know exactly what to do with him.

Son of Loki's picture

Put Hastert in the same jail cell as Bill Cosby and they can fun and erotic swap stories.

sushi's picture

He goes on day parole at 1601 hrs today after Cruz announces his running mate.


jcaz's picture

Get out of that chair, you old faggot- your faking is an insult to everyone that has a real disability....

pods's picture

Have fun Denny, gonna be lot's of angry, strapping young men where you are going.


Manthong's picture

..he got off easy

The pedophile made millions as a congressman and speaker and this was likely just the tip of the iceberg.


XitSam's picture

Why doesn't he have to register as a sex offender?  Is that something only for the proles?

nuubee's picture

15 months??????

No registry???

Injustice is now routine.

cheka's picture

someone else would get 50 years just for looking at pictures of what he did


MalteseFalcon's picture

Remember, the same Republican hierarchy that wants to blow off your vote and select the presidential nominee vetted Hastert and made him the Speaker of the House.

Pedophilia?  No problem?

OK.  Dennis faked them out.


MsCreant's picture

I saw that fucking chair and I am so pissed. I want to fling poop at him. Is that bad?

chumbawamba's picture

No, I want him to be pushed into an industrial meat grinder and for congress to be fed Hastert-burgers (or maybe they should be called FreedomBurgers?) in the congressional cafeteria.


johnnymustardseed's picture

I think this is appropiate, from the Big Lebowski Denny might want practice up on his bravado 

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jesus Quintana: What's this day of rest shit? What's this bullshit? I don't fuckin' care! It don't matter to Jesus. But you're not foolin' me, man. You might fool the fucks in the league office, but you don't fool Jesus. This bush league psyche-out stuff. Laughable, man - ha ha! I would have fucked you in the ass Saturday. I fuck you in the ass next Wednesday instead. Wooo! You got a date Wednesday, baby! 

Jesus Quintana: You ready to be fucked, man? I see you rolled your way into the semis. Dios mio, man. Liam and me, we're gonna fuck you up. 
The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man. 
Jesus Quintana: Let me tell you something, pendejo. You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger 'til it goes "click." 
The Dude: Jesus. 
Jesus Quintana: You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus. 
Walter Sobchak: Eight-year-olds, Dude. 

Jesus Quintana: Nobody fucks with the Jesus! 

JamaicaJim's picture

Problem is....he won't be.....never be in gen. pop.....


Hastert will do his "time" in medical....

Kind of like a government hospital....only worser...

But he has allies....he'll either croak...or be released....sickerer....

I'm rooting for the former....

New World Chaos's picture

At these levels of power, they are ALL pedophiles.  Probably the judge and prosecutor too.  They all have each others' backs.  It's a big club with a million members in positions of power worldwide.  It's one of the main ways the puppetmasters rule behind the scenes.  Have dirt on everybody.  This also ensures that their political lackeys are sociopaths who don't mind raping their country. 

Ignatius's picture

Sibel Edmonds at BoilingFrogsPost has gone into considerably greater detail and points out that Hastert's molestations go way beyond his HS coaching days, revealing that the FBI, et al,  have this pervert on video tape.  If I recall, she laid it all out with sworn witnesses and docs for various MSM outlets, but they wouldn't touch it.  She slyly details much of what is to be found in her book, The Lone Gladio.

Clashfan's picture

also SRA mind control


New World Chaos's picture

True that.  Bears repeating.

Clashfan's picture

they found the tunnels under McMartin btw

Theonewhoknows's picture
Theonewhoknows (not verified) Bunghole Apr 27, 2016 1:15 PM

He got coverage of enough lawyers and interest groups ( ) the legal system is for keeping cattle in place not for justice.'s picture

I am very surprised at the reaction to his sentence on this board.  He got 15 Months for Taking HIS Money Out of the Bank!

His other crimes are another matter entirely.

cheka's picture

yup, everything was cool until he tried that

Ghost of Porky's picture

Elites don't care about diddling.

Mike2756's picture

That's what happens when you pass a law and ferget what it's about.

drendebe10's picture

Wutta fukn joke.... the turd needs his skin sandpapered off, buried in salt then thrown out in the middle of an iranian desert with a can of Pennzoil...

StychoKiller's picture

You KEEP sayin' that!  Why not Valvoline, WHY Pennzoil?

JamaicaJim's picture




Google Mark Foley....

Methinks Denny and Diddler got Foley off as Foley KNEW about Hasert....

...and so many more were let off light...

15 MONTHS???

It not only doesn't pass the smell test, but it reeks of "good ol boy leniency"

DetectiveStern's picture

Operation DeathEaters get's another. Don't worry here there was a bloke rightly accused (and later found guilty after his death) of being a mega-paedo. This fella was found unfit to stand trail despite still showing up at the House of Lords.

This paedophile thing runs to the very heart of the global elites. 

ClydeCrashcup's picture

When did "pled" become "pleaded"?

I guess grammar is just another thing that doesn't matter in our new no-standards society.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Not to be a grammar nazi, but since you raised it -- "pleaded" is correct.  "Pled" has become common enough that it is considered an acceptable alternative.

ClydeCrashcup's picture

Actually, in my 50+ years, I have NEVER read or heard the word "pleaded" until maybe just a year or two ago.  It immediately jarred on my ears then, and it still does now.

What's next, I see'd it?


(PS: PLEASE do be a grammar nazi!  I always enjoy them, and that is not sarcasm.)

E.F. Mutton's picture

Obviously written by a "looser" /s


ClydeCrashcup's picture

Those loosers, their everwhere!

Son of Loki's picture

Same time when "pleb" became "plebbed."

MsCreant's picture

Use in a proper sentence:

Outraged by the outcome of his trial, Hasert got plebbed. 

I take that back, a proper "sentence" is the rest of Haserts fucking worthless life.  

sleigher's picture

That's why standards are so great!  Everybody has one.

(old sysadmin joke)

Knob Creek's picture

Grand National owner huh Sleigher 

sleigher's picture

Used to have one.  Had to sell it though.  Looking for another.  Love that car, no matter how 80's it is.  

ebear's picture

Languages evolve. Doth thou not agree?

ClydeCrashcup's picture

I dost, but in (American) English I see & hear much more devolution than evolution in the last 10 or 15 years.

ebear's picture

Part of the problem is that written English does not correspond phonetically to its pronunciation. Classic example: Cough. Through. Though. Bough.

Also, there are irregular conjugations that tend to be eliminated by poorly educated and non-native speakers who substitute the rule for regular conjugation - just add "ed" to the infinitive, problem solved.

Then there's similarity of sound which replaces grammatical form, such as "should OF" which I see all the time around here.

Then there's the ubiquitous intentional misspellings that have become an embedded feature of the internet because they're so cute, words like MOAR and YUGE. I'm convince "moar" is taking over as the accepted spelling simply because it's seen so often that people don't realize it's incorrect. "Yuge" will probably follow the same path.

The problem is not restricted to English. My Mexican girlfriend of many years past had terrible spelling, leaving the silent "h" off of most words and writing "v" where she should have used "b" Not unusual, but kind of hard to understand since Spanish is almost entirely phonetic and those are about the only two mistakes you can make.

The situation in Hindi is almost laughable, where hardly anyone can spell correctly above a grade 6 level and entire English phrases are substituted because the Hindi construct is too cumbersome or doesn't convey exact meaning. Caution: if you're learning any Indian language, be careful who you ask for help as you risk exposing their illiteracy, even with educated people, and especially second generation immigrants.

Speaking of spelling, have you ever studied French? There's a true horror show.

Then there's Chinese, which I'm currently studying. Three totally different characters for TA (he she it), depending on whether TA is male, female or neutral. That's just for starters. Then there's the tones which MUST be learned to be understood and that can change depending on the position of the word in a sentence. Basic literacy requires over 2000 characters and about 6000 for higher education. My Japanese wife is studying with me BTW, not to learn Mandarin, which is incidental, but because she's forgotten so many Kanji, which are the Chinese characters used in Japanese writing.

Speaking of Japanese, apart from Kanji, you need to learn two distinct syllabaries, one for Japanese words, the other for foreign and borrow words.

Trust me on this. As someone who's spent decades learning other languages, you are better off to just accept the mistakes and try to work around them, because nothing you do is going to make a whit of difference. Language is like a glacier - it advances very slowly and covers everything in it's path.


ClydeCrashcup's picture

My French teacher, MANY years ago, used to like to say: "There are only 500 rules to spelling French, and once you learn them all, you can properly spell any French word."

techpriest's picture

My wife is Chinese, and now that you mention it, a very common English mistake for Chinese is to say "she" when they meant "he," because there is only 'ta' in their language. Also, since every Chinese word is a consonant followed by a vowel, it's difficult for a Chinese speaker to pronouns consontant-vowel-consonant syllables, i.e. 'catch.'

As an English speaker learning Chinese, I would say that some sounds take a lot of work by the tip of your toungue and muscles in the front of your month, like 'cui,' and compared to English words that require those sorts of movements are the hardest to pronounce correctly. And yes, the tones! It really takes a discerning ear!

ClydeCrashcup's picture

I can't even wrap my brain around a language where TONES impart differing meanings, or that is not written with an alphabet --- how can anyone POSSIBLY learn to read and write THAT??  I know that they do, but it seems patently impossible to me, like riding a 20' tall unicycle.

pops's picture

I can overlook an occasional there or their or they're mixup.

I cannot overlook "would of."   It just sets my teeth on edge.

ebear's picture

Meant to say, case in point. Hard to avoid, isn't it?