Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert released from prison

Posted July 19, 2017

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hasert has left a federal prison in Minnesota, and has been moved to Chicago to complete his sentence for breaking banking laws to cover up hush money payments to hide his acts of child sex abuse.

It was not immediately clear whether Hastert would finish the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house or under house arrest.

His inmate number with the Bureau of Prisons is 47991-424.

Federal Bureau of Prisons records Tuesday show Hastert is no longer at the Minnesota federal prison where he was serving his sentence. The Illinois Republican admitted to sexually abusing underage boys while he worked as a high school teacher and coach.

His official release date was August 16, but prison records reportedly show he's under supervision as part of the re-entry program.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert is under the supervision of a residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago.

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In addition to his prison sentence, Hastert has paid for his crimes with the loss of his reputation and the exposure of a secret he offered to pay $3.5 million to keep hidden. "I'm not going to look back on it".

Cross says he still believes Hastert's 15-month sentence was a "slap on the wrist".

"They got him on what they could", he said. He sat in a wheelchair during his sentencing and used a walker to deliver a statement.

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. 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. 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.

The disgraced former U.S. House speaker now enters a post-prison phase that includes intensive court-ordered sex-offender treatment created to ensure he never again poses a risk to children. He says he hopes that once the news stories about Hastert's release from prison run their course, "We will never have to hear about this again".