By Pete Williams/NBC
April 9, 2016

Justice Department prosecutors said Friday that former House speaker Dennis Hastert abused four young boys when he was their wrestling coach, and urged that he be ordered to serve up to six months in prison when he’s sentenced later this month.

While Hastert has pleaded guilty to a financial violation, prosecutors said, “the actions at the core of this case took place not on the defendant’s national public stage but in his private one-on-one encounters in an empty locker room and a motel room with minors that violated the special trust between those young boys and their coach.”

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