Hastert released from prison

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Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hasert has left a federal prison in Minnesota, and has been moved to Chicago to complete his sentence for breaking banking laws to cover up hush money payments to hide his acts of child sex abuse.

Hastert's official release date is August 16, and it's unclear if he'll serve the remainder of his term on home confinement or at a local halfway house.

His official release date was August 16, but prison records reportedly show he's under supervision as part of the re-entry program.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons says Hastert was released Monday from a prison in Minnesota and transferred to the jurisdiction of a Chicago re-entry facility.

The former Speaker admitted to the judge at his April 2016 sentencing hearing that he had sexually abused children in 1970s during his time as a wrestling coach at Yorkville High School in IL.

"They got him on what they could", he said. His portrait was removed from the U.S. Capitol, and his name has been removed from buildings that once displayed it with honor.

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The former Speaker had been serving time in the Rochester Federal Medical Center, which provides medical care for inmates.

Hastert did not face sex-related charges because prosecutors said the statute of limitations had long expired.

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

The feds hit Hastert in May 2015 with a blockbuster indictment that accused him of illegally structuring bank withdrawals and lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hastert almost died from a blood infection and had a stroke after he pleaded guilty on October 28, 2015.

Bob Evans was a coach at Yorkville High School when Hastert taught there and coached wrestling. Hastert's transfer was reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday. 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. He later told authorities he was the victim of an extortion plot, helping the feds secretly record two phone conversations with Individual A in March 2015. Scott Cross, the brother of former state House GOP leader Tom Cross, revealed himself to be a Hastert victim during Hastert's sentencing hearing.

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