Former US House Speaker Freed

Dennis Hastert released from federal prison in Minnesota

He was handed 15 months in federal prison for breaking banking laws in the cover-up, a sentence he was serving at a medical prison facility in Rochester, Minnesota, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert is under the supervision of a residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago.

It's where he'll complete his 15-month sentence.

Hastert claimed that Individual A, a former Yorkville standout wrestler, had falsely accused him of sexual abuse decades ago when he was a coach.

Hastert pleaded guilty past year to violating money laundering laws in a case that shocked the country and Beltway insiders. Scott Cross, the brother of former state House GOP leader Tom Cross, revealed himself to be a Hastert victim during Hastert's sentencing hearing.

His official release date was August 16, but prison records reportedly show he's under supervision as part of the re-entry program. "Nothing is more stunning than to have the words "serial child molester" and "speaker of the House" in the same sentence".

Technically, Hastert was brought down for violating federal banking laws.

In addition to the prison sentence, Hastert also was eventually ordered to pay $250,000 to a victims fund.

Hastert could not be prosecuted for the sex abuse because the statute of limitations had run out. "If they want to reach out to him, that's their prerogative", Durkin said, "but he should never contact them himself". At least four other individuals made the same allegations.

At the center of Hastert's indictment was a man known publicly only as Individual A, who says he was molested in a motel room by Hastert when he was 14 and cut a $3.5 million hush-money deal with Hastert in 2010.

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

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