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3 More Accuse Hastert of Sexual Abuse

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s lawyer requested Wednesday that a judge give him probation instead of a prison sentence for his conviction on hush-money paid to a man who said the Illinois lawmaker sexually abused him as a teen. But a new Chicago Tribune report Thursday alleges that three additional men have made “credible allegations of sexual abuse” to law-enforcement officials, saying they were also targeted as teens during Hastert’s tenure as a high-school teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois. The first accuser, who reportedly received $1.7 million from Hastert, is the focus of the indictment. Another man, whose identity remains unknown, has reportedly told prosecutors he is considering speaking at Hastert’s federal sentencing on April 27. Hastert pleaded guilty in October for trying to pay out a total of $3.5 million in hush money. “Mr. Hastert has made mistakes in judgment and committed transgressions for which he is profoundly sorry,” his attorney Tom Green said Wednesday. He cited Hastert’s health as a main reason to keep him from being locked up. His plea deal dictates that he would only get six months in prison.