Federal prosecutors provided for the first time a detailed account of the sexual abuse allegations against former House speaker Dennis Hastert, giving a stunning account of the accusations against the former Washington power player when he was a wrestling coach at a high school in Illinois. With the filing, prosecutors for the first time confirmed that Hastert, 74, had paid money to keep the alleged sexual abuse under wraps.
The stunning document was submitted in advance of Hastert’s April 27 sentencing in a financial violation case. Hastert is not being charged with abuse because of statutes of limitation but he pleaded guilty last year to illegally structuring bank withdrawals to pay one of his victims.
California wildfire 'selfie' arsonist gets 20 years, $60 million fine
A man who took a video of himself surrounded by flames that erupted into one of the worst California wildfires of 2014 was fined $60 million and sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to arson on Friday, officials said.
Wayne Allen Huntsman, who initially pleaded not guilty to setting the nearly month-long King Fire, changed his plea and admitted to three counts of arson to forest land with enhancements for causing injury to firefighters and destruction of property.
"I plead guilty because I did it," Huntsman told the court on Friday, according to assistant district attorney Dave Stevenson.