Ex-Speaker Hastert Faces Supervised Release After 13 Months In Prison


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Ex-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, 75, was released from federal prison after serving 13 of a 15-month sentence.

According to the Bureau of Prisons records, Hastert was taken to residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago, as reported by USA Today. He now faces two years of supervision and continued lawsuits from students who say they were victims.

He faced charges surrounding his avoidance of federal bank laws, which he did to pay off someone that he allegedly sexually abused more than 30 years ago when he was a teacher and coach. Although a statute of limitations prevented sexual charges, he was accused of molesting four teenage boys in Illinois, according to NBC.

“I want to apologize to the boys I mistreated when I was a coach,” he said before his sentencing. “They looked (up) at me and I took advantage of them.”

Hastert engaged in the illegal structuring of bank withdrawals to pay a victim, known in court as “Individual A,” $3.5 million in an “off-the-books agreement to keep quiet.” Individual A has now sued Hastert because he said he has only received half of the agreed amount.

Serving from 1999 to 2007, Hastert was the longest serving Republican House Speaker, according to Politico.