Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is requesting that he be sentenced to probation.
He made that request in a sentencing memo Wednesday, in which his lawyer said Hastert is "deeply sorry and apologizes for his misconduct that occurred decades ago and the resulting harm he caused to others."
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. The misconduct allegedly took place when Hastert was a teacher at Yorkville High School back in the 1960s and 1970s.
Hastert faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to six months in prison as part of the plea deal.
In the sentencing memo, Hastert's lawyer Thomas Green said, "Mr. Hastert feels deep regret and remorse for his actions decades ago and is prepared to accept the consequences."
Green went on to say that "many of Mr. Hastert's friends and colleagues have cut off contact with him due to the public allegations, which Mr. Hastert understands, but the loss of their friendship nonetheless is additional cause for his despair."
"Mr. Hastert," the filing added, "knows that the days of him being welcomed in the small towns he served all of his life are gone forever. He knows that, for the rest of his life, wherever he goes, the public warmth and affection that he previously received will be replaced by hostility and isolation."
Hastert's sentencing date is scheduled for April 27.