By David Mittleman

Illinois Sexual Abuse Case Results in Minimal Punishment Due to Statute of Limitations

Illinois lawmakers may soon vote to eliminate the state’s statute of limitations on child sex abuse crimes. The move comes in response to the 15-month sentence given last month to former Illinois House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Although Hastert admitted molesting teenage boys he coached decades ago, the statute of limitations had run on those crimes. Hastert could only be sentenced for a financial crime related to his efforts to pay one of his victims millions of dollars in hush money to cover up the crime.

In Hastert’s case, …read more