Ex-Speaker Hastert Released From Prison

Ex-Speaker Hastert Released From Prison

- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has left a Minnesota federal prison where he spent the last 13 months for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

Hastert pleaded guilty to violating banking law in seeking to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep the sex abuse secret.

Prosecutors said the 74-year-old Republican sexually abused at least four boys when he coached wrestling at Yorkville High School decades ago.

The statute of limitations in those cases had expired by the time authorities uncovered the abuse. His official release date had been scheduled for August 16.

He's being moved to the Residential Re-entry Management Field Office in Chicago.

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The feds hit Hastert in May 2015 with a blockbuster indictment that accused him of illegally structuring bank withdrawals and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hastert started his sentence at a Minnesota prison hospital last June. Prison and health experts have said that treatment will likely include a lie-detector test to determine how many times Hastert sexually abused kids and for how long.

Hastert's attorneys declined comment Tuesday. "They looked to me, and I took advantage of them". "If they want to reach out to him, that's their prerogative", Durkin said, "but he should never contact them himself". He sat in a wheelchair during his sentencing and used a walker to deliver a statement. Tribune reporters spent several months contacting scores of former wrestlers and students, filing two dozen open-records requests in an effort to undercover the truth. Hastert paid Individual A only $1.7 million, and Individual A has sued Hastert for the remaining balance.

Hastert represented IL in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 2007, and was elected as the House speaker in 1999, replacing former Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich.

Prosecutors went into graphic detail about the sex-abuse allegations, even describing how Hastert would sit in a recliner in the locker room with a direct view of the showers.

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