Dennis Hastert out of federal prison


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is serving a 15-month prison sentence for hush money payments to cover up sex abuse, has been transferred to a Chicago facility in anticipation of an August 16 release. The Sun-Times reports Hastert is "likely at a halfway house in the region monitored by that office, or he is on home confinement".

According to standard federal sentencing guidelines, he had to serve 85 percent of his 15-month sentence, followed by two years' supervised release and sex-offender treatment.

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

Hastert previous year become one of the highest-ranking American politicians ever sentenced to prison.

During his sentencing in a Chicago court past year, Hastert admitted for the first time that he had sexually abused boys when he taught wrestling at Yorkville High School in a Chicago-area suburb from the 1960s to the early 1980s. HIs official release date was August 16.

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The Bureau of Prisons said in an email that Hastert left the Minnesota prison on Monday and is now "under the jurisdiction" of a Chicago residential re-entry management office.

But the case was overshadowed by Hastert's crimes against young athletes, years after the statute of limitations had expired.

Hastert told prosecutors he paid Individual A about half of a $3.5 million off-the-books agreement to keep quiet about the abuse. "I'm not going to look back on it". "If they want to reach out to him, that's their prerogative", Durkin said, "but he should never contact them himself". The Tribune honored his wishes until he appeared at the sentencing hearing and confronted his former coach while delivering an emotional statement.

Court filings detailed the abuse allegations, describing how Hastert would also sit in a recliner in the high school locker room with a direct view of the showers.

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.