Public Advocate was right: Judge Calls Former Speaker Hastert "Serial Child Molester" Sentences him to 15 months
NBC News is reporting:
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for illegal cash withdrawals he made for payoffs to cover up sex-abuse allegations - after the judge called him a "serial child molester."
Hastert, 74, is accused of molesting four boys between the ages of 14 and 17 when he was a coach at Yorkville High School decades ago, though he was not charged with any sexual crimes because of the statute of limitations.
The ex-politician, who arrived in a wheelchair, apologized "to the boys I mistreated when I was their coach" but did not use word abuse.
"What I did was wrong and I regret it," Hastert testified. "They looked up to me and I took advantage of them."
STATEMENT BY EUGENE DELGAUDIO, PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC ADVOCATE:
"Public Advocate was critical on behalf of its members of Mr. Hastert when he was the Speaker many times. There were those in the Washington Establishment who covered up for Mr. Hastert's policies and therefore must bear some responsbility for their also allowing their bad judgement to be compounded now by these recent allegations and developments-- which Public
Advocate was attempting to address at the time and was rebuffed, " said Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate.