The sentencing hearing date for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been rescheduled for April 27.
The hearing had been slated for April 8, but U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin pushed it back at the request of federal prosecutors, who said a witness could not make it that day.
Under a plea deal with prosecutors, the ex-congressman pleaded guilty in late October to failing to abide by bank reporting requirements in connection with an alleged hush money scheme to conceal previous sexual misconduct. Hastert faces a sentence ranging from probation to up six months in prison as part of the plea deal.
Hastert's sentencing was originally scheduled for February 29, but it got postponed to April 8 due to the ex-lawmakers poor health.
Hastert, 74, was released from a hospital on January 15 after having been treated for a stroke, a blood infection and sepsis. He also had two back surgeries.
Hastert's health will be examined by an independent medical official under an order Durkin issued last week.
UPDATE (6:40 p.m.): Media outlets are reporting that another alleged sexual abuse victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will be allowed to testify at the ex-lawmaker's sentencing hearing.
Hastert's sentencing date was reportedly postponed to April 27 because the alleged sexual abuse victim, who is being called Individual D, would not be in town April 8, when the hearing was initially scheduled.
A transcript of a hearing held Tuesday quotes Judge Durkin as saying, "If Individual D wants to come in and talk about being a victim of sexual abuse, he's entitled to do so because that informs my decision about the history and characteristics of the defendant."
According to the transcript, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Block said, Individual D "is deciding whether he would like to ask the Court to appear as a witness at the sentencing. He's not a hundred percent certain he wants to do that, but he has been moving in that direction."
The sister of a different alleged sexual abuse victim will also be allowed to testify.
"If the sister of a victim of sexual abuse wants to come in and talk about her interactions with her brother and talk about that, that is something that would inform my decisions about the history and characteristics of the defendant," Durkin was quoted as saying.
The sister is not named in the transcript, but the woman could be Jolene Burdge, who has claimed that Hastert abused her brother, Stephen Reinbolt, while a student at Yorkville High School where Hastert was a wrestling coach and teacher from 1965 to 1981
Burdge has publicly stated she learned of the alleged misconduct after Reinbolt, who graduated from Yorkville High School in 1971, came out to her as gay after high school. In 1995, Reinbolt died of AIDS.