Hastert released from prison

Lucy Bush
July 19, 2017

U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin had sentenced Hastert two months earlier to 15 months in prison for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys.

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.

Hastert served 13 of the 15 months in a Minnesota facility.

Widely known as the longest-serving Republican House speaker, Hastert also now has the dubious distinction of being the only House speaker sentenced to federal prison in a criminal case, congressional historians have said.

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"RRCs help inmates gradually rebuild their ties to the community and facilitate supervising ex-offenders' activities during this readjustment phase", the Federal Bureau of Prisons website reads.

The nation's longest-serving GOP House speaker was second in the line to the presidency from 1999 to 2007 under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Scott Cross, who testified at Hastert's sentencing hearing that Hastert abused him as a teen, said Tuesday that he didn't ask to be notified of Hastert's release from prison and remains intent on moving on with his life. "And we got quite a bit of information that ultimately resulted in one of the charges against him, which was lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Until Monday, Hastert, 75, was inmate no. 47991-424 at the.

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His official release date was slated for August 16.

Hastert could not be prosecuted for the sex abuse because the statute of limitations had run out.

Records show Hastert has been released from a Minnesota federal prison and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility.

Technically, Hastert was brought down for violating federal banking laws.

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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. "You know, why it's - why would a rational person be taking out $9,000 over a three-year period of time more than 100 times", James Robnett, the IRS criminal investigation special agent in charge, said.

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