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Watch: Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Arrives at Courthouse For Sentencing

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert just arrived moments ago to a Chicago courthouse where he will be sentenced later this morning on hush money charges. Financial discrepancies and the restructuring of banking transactions led investigators to funds that Hastert had been paying to victims of his sexual abuse from decades ago at Yorkville High School in Illinois.

Allegedly Hastert, while he was a wrestling coach at the school, would regularly put a “‘Lazyboy’-type chair in direct view of the shower stalls in the locker room where he sat while the boys showered,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Though the statute of limitations has run out, Hastert is expected to be sentenced to six months in prison, the recommended amount of time served by the prosecution. The maximum sentence for his felony is five years, though the door remains open that Hastert may not serve any time at all. His legal team is calling for probation, citing Hastert’s health concerns. CBS captured the moments that Hastert emerged from his town car outside of the Chicago courthouse this morning, with the former House Speaker being pushed in a wheelchair.

Check back with Mediaite for continuing coverage of Hastert’s sentencing, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET Wednesday.

J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is a columnist at Mediaite
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