Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Hastert Released from Prison After 13 Months

Hastert Released from Prison After 13 Months

He is the longest serving Republican speaker in history.

Former US House speaker Dennis Hastert has left a federal prison in Minnesota.

Despite admitting to sexually abusing boys while working as a teacher and coach at an IL high school, he was never charged for any sexual crimes because the state's prior former statute of limitations law barred prosecution.

The ex-speaker is now under the supervision of a residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago, Bureau of Prisons records show.

Hastert pleaded guilty a year ago to violating money laundering laws in a case that shocked the country and Beltway insiders.

U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) waves to supporters during a Mid-term election night party in St. Charles, Illinois November 7, 2006.

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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.

Cross still believes Hastert's sentence was a "slap on the wrist" but doesn't fault federal authorities. HIs official release date was August 16. "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".

Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in April 2016, following his conviction in a pay-out scheme to cover sexual abuse from the 1960s and 1970s.

At his sentencing previous year, Durkin called Hastert a "serial child molester" and ordered him to attend a sex offender treatment program. "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. "I mistreated some of the athletes that I coached".

In Yorkville, the community that was once immensely proud of Hastert, a former close friend of his, Bob Evans, said he hopes the saga is nearly over.

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