dglobalnews.com Dennis Hastert out of Minnesota prison, BOP records show
Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Dennis Hastert out of Minnesota prison, BOP records show

Dennis Hastert out of Minnesota prison, BOP records show

- Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has left a Minnesota federal prison where he spent the last 13 months for breaking the law while trying to hide his past sexual abuse of teenage boys, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

He then broke banking laws by offering the victims hush money.

Bob Evans was a coach at Yorkville High School when Hastert taught there and coached wrestling.

Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in April 2016 in a banking violations case that revealed accusations he had sexually abused teenagers while coaching wrestling at a suburban Chicago high school.

But the case was overshadowed by Hastert's crimes against young athletes, years after the statute of limitations had expired. His official release date had been scheduled for August 16. 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.

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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He is one of the highest-ranking USA politicians to ever go to prison, where he was known as Inmate No. 47991-424.

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

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. The victims, prosecutors said, were boys between 14 and 17. At least four other individuals made the same allegations. 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.

Authorities began to doubt Hastert's claim and confronted Individual A. That's when Hastert's dark secrets began to spill out. He served as speaker from 1999 to 2007.

Hastert admitted previous year to paying hush money to cover up the sexual abuse of boys decades ago.

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