Hastert leaves fed pen for "halfway house"

Hastert leaves fed pen for

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hastert left federal prison in Minnesota, and will now be on supervised release either at a halfway house or in home confinement.

The IRS revealed that Hastert had been regularly withdrawing just under $10,000 in cash to give to a former student - the dollar amount specific to avoid bank reporting requirements.

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.

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

Hastert served 13 of the 15 months in a Minnesota facility.

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At his April 2016 sentencing, in rejecting Hastert's plea for probation, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin called the former GOP powerhouse a "serial child molester" and forced him to admit he abused male students before he entered politics when he was a Yorkville High School coach.

Hastert was never charged in the sexual abuse cases because of the statute of limitations. "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. "They looked (up) at me and I took advantage of them".

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. In December 2014, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents confronted Hastert in his Plano home.

Hastert told prosecutors he paid Individual A about half of a $3.5 million off-the-books agreement to keep quiet about the abuse. The scandal stemmed from hush money he paid to hide sexual abuse he committed of students while he was a high school teacher and coach several decades ago.

Prosecutors went into graphic detail about the sex-abuse allegations, even describing how Hastert would sit in a recliner in the locker room with a direct view of the showers.

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