Hastert accuser to speak at sentencing

Hastert accuser to speak at sentencing
Posted at 9:22 AM, Apr 13, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say they expect one person who accuses Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse to speak at his sentencing in his hush-money case, and the judge has indicated that he wants to consider that the former U.S. House speaker lied to federal authorities.

Prosecutor Steven Block told Judge Thomas M. Durkin in court Wednesday that he expects someone identified in court papers as "Individual D" to make a statement at the sentencing April 27. Durkin also asked questions about Hastert lying to the FBI about an "Individual A" extorting him.

Hastert has pleaded guilty to breaking banking law in a scheme to pay $3.5 million to ensure "Individual A" stayed silent about being abused when he was a 14-year-old student at the Illinois high school where Hastert was the wrestling coach.