Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Transferred Out Of Prison

Dennis Hastert released from federal prison in Minnesota

He was sentenced to 15-months in prison a year ago in a bank fraud case that revealed accusations the former IL congressman was paying hush money to cover-up sexual abuse of teenagers stemming from Hastert's time as a wrestling coach in suburban Chicago.

Hastert, 75, pleaded guilty to a May 2015 indictment that accused him of illegally structuring bank withdrawals and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an effort to pay off someone known publicly as "Individual A", who claimed that Hastert had abused him and later offered him a sum of $3.5 million to stay silent.

During his sentencing in a Chicago court previous 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.

Following allegations that surfaced from a hush money case that he had abused young boys while a teacher and wrestling coach in Illinois, Hastert was ordered to pay $250,000 to a victims' fund and serve 15 months in prison.

Hastert did not face sex-related charges because prosecutors said the statute of limitations had long expired. HIs official release date was August 16.

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The former Speaker had been serving time in the Rochester Federal Medical Center, which provides medical care for inmates. "They looked (up) at me and I took advantage of them".

Evans said Tuesday that he has no interest in ever seeing Hastert again.

Until Monday, Hastert, 75, was inmate no. 47991-424 at the. The Tribune honored his wishes until he appeared at the sentencing hearing and confronted his former coach while delivering an emotional statement. He has repeatedly declined comment, but his wife acknowledged her husband is a victim.

Cross, a former wrestler, testified that he was abused when he was in the school locker room. At least four other students involved in the wrestling program, including an equipment manager who is deceased, alleged at some point their coach sexually abused them in the 1960s and 1970s. Hastert paid Individual A only $1.7 million, and Individual A has sued Hastert for the remaining balance.

Hastert is the longest-serving Republican Speaker in history.

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