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Ex-US House speaker gets 15 months, admits sex abuse

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert leaves the Dirksen Federal Court House on April 27, 2016 in ChicagoFormer US House speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday for paying hush money related to the sexual abuse of a teen boy he coached in high school. Shortly before the sentence was handed down, the 74-year-old admitted for the first time he sexually abused boys when he taught wrestling at Yorkville High School in Illinois from the 1960s to the early 1980s. “What I did was wrong and I regret it,” Hastert, who attended the court hearing in Chicago in a wheelchair, said as he admitted the abuse under sustained questioning.

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