Ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert Pays $250K Fine as Part of Sentence in Hush-Money Case

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Dennis Hastert has paid a $250,000 fine as part of his sentencing for breaking federal banking rules in a hush-money scheme attempting to cover up decades of sexual abuse. 

The fine was in addition to the 15 months the 74-year-old will have to serve in prison.

Hastert's lead attorney says the former U.S. House speaker won't appeal his conviction or prison term in the case, which centered on allegations that he sexually abused students decades ago when he was a high school wrestling coach in Illinois.

Judge Thomas Durkin branded the Republican "a serial child molester" at his April 27 sentencing, where Durkin imposed a punishment that went beyond federal guidelines.

Hastert pleaded guilty to violating banking law as he sought to pay $3.5 million to one victim to keep him quiet about the abuse.

Durkin justified the tougher sentence by pointing to Hastert's alleged abuse of at least four boys at Yorkville High.

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