Tom Cross

A look at the men accusing Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison for breaking federal banking rules in a scheme to cover up sexual abuse.

The banking charges are just part of broader allegations that the 74-year-old Illinois Republican molested at least four former students when he was a teacher and wrestling coach at Yorkville High School outside Chicago. One of the students spoke in court.

Prosecutors say Hastert was desperate to keep the abuse secret and agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person identified only as Individual A. Because the statute of limitations on the sex crimes ran out decades ago, prosecutors charged Hastert instead with dodging...