Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is heading to prison for basically molesting young boys. He's about to begin a 15-month sentence in the big house.
Hastert, 74, entered the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota. He is not facing sexual abuse charges because the statutes of limitation have expired. But he pleaded guilty to hiding money transactions, admitting that he paid $3.5 million to keep one victim quiet.
The incidents allegedly happened when he was a teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois in the 1960s and '70s.
Hastert also acknowledged misleading the FBI last year when the agency was investigating the claims. Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert "a serial child molester" when he handed down the sentence in April, CNN affiliate WGN reported.
In addition to his prison term, the former Republican lawmaker was ordered to pay $250,000 to a victims' fund and enter a sex offender treatment program.