Hastert leaves prison for re-en­try fa­cil­ity

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

CHICAGO — For­mer U.S. House Speaker Den­nis Hastert was re­leased from prison in Min­nesota and trans­ferred to a Chicago re-en­try fa­cil­ity, ac­cord­ing to the fed­eral Bureau of Pris­ons.

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.

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. It’s un­clear whether Hastert was stay­ing at a half­way house or whether he could be trans­ferred to home con­fine­ment. Hastert’s re­lease date is listed as Aug. 16. Hastert’s at­tor­neys de­clined to com­ment Tues­day. Hastert pleaded guilty to vi­o­lat­ing bank­ing law in seek­ing to pay $3.5 mil­lion in hush money to keep the sex abuse se­cret.

Hastert’s sen­tence in­cludes two years of su­per­vised re­lease, dur­ing which he must un­dergo sex-of­fender treat­ment.

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