Former US House Speaker Freed

Dennis Hastert released from federal prison in Minnesota

According to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website, Hastert has been moved to the Residential Reentry Management field office in Chicago, likely meaning he will be moved to a halfway house or home confinement for the last weeks of his time in custody. His official release date had been scheduled for August 16.

When Illinois former Gov. George Ryan was released from an IN prison IN 2013 after five years for corruption, he traveled to a halfway house IN Chicago, but was released to return to his home IN Kankakee within hours.

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, right, reports to the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., June 22, 2016, to begin serving a sentence in a hush money case.

It's where he'll complete his 15-month sentence. He served 20 years in Congress and eight years as Speaker of the House.

During his supervised release, Hastert is forbidden from contacting his victims. But he says federal authorities "got him on what they could". It was Hastert's attempts to secretly pay off one of his alleged victims that tripped a wire with the feds, who began investigating him after the once-powerful pol began making large bank withdrawals. His portrait was removed from the U.S. Capitol, and his name has been removed from buildings that once displayed it with honor.

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




Hastert's federal indictment was made public in May 2015, revealing the allegations of sexual assault. Hastert was never charged with child abuse because the statutes of limitation blocked prosecutors from filing charges dating back to when Hastert coached at Yorkville High School, from 1965 to 1981.

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

"I want to apologize to the boys I mistreated when I was a coach", he said. He has since sued Hastert in a Kendall County breach-of-contract lawsuit seeking the remaining $1.8 million - plus accrued interest - he argues Hastert owes him.

Before Judge Thomas Durkin handed down the sentence, Hastert acknowledged he abused Individual A and other boys in his charge.

Hastert is the longest-serving Republican Speaker in history. Hastert has also admitted he sexually abused late Yorkville High School wrestling team manager Stephen Reinboldt.

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