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Hastert leaves fed pen for "halfway house"

Dennis Hastert released from federal prison in Minnesota

Almost 13 months after checking in to a federal prison in Minnesota, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has returned to Chicago under supervision to complete the remaining month of his sentence for breaking banking laws to hide his sexual abuse of teenage boys. Hastert's release date is listed as August 16.

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

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.

Despite admitting to sexually abusing boys while working as a teacher and coach at an IL high school, he was never charged for any sexual crimes because the state's prior former statute of limitations law barred prosecution.

Prosecutors provided details of abuse of at least five boys as young as 14 - in cases dating back decades for which the Republican politician can no longer be tried because the statutes of limitations have expired.

The Rochester prison where Hastert had been housed is affiliated with the nearby Mayo Clinic, with doctors and nurses on site providing high-level medical services to the approximately 700 male inmates assigned there who need long-term physical and mental health care. Hastert, who has diabetes, suffered a stroke before he started his prison sentence.

"What I did was wrong, and I regret it", Hastert said at sentencing of his former student athletes. But he says federal authorities "got him on what they could".

"Nothing is more disturbing than having serial child molester and Speaker of the House in the same sentence", the judge said. He sat in a wheelchair during his sentencing and used a walker to deliver a statement.

What began as a look into questionable financial transactions eventually lead investigators to unearth a sexual abuse cover-up by former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.