Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert is Back in Illinois After Release From Federal Prison
Thirteen months after he went to federal prison on a bank fraud conviction that stemmed from "hush money" payments to a former student he sexually abused back when Hastert was an Illinois high school wrestling coach, The ex-speaker is now under the supervision of a residential re-entry management field office based in Chicago.
Hastert, who served 13 months of a 15 month sentence, is now looking at two years of supervised release here in Illinois. He'll also likely be looking at a large pile of lawsuits from other former students that have a similar story to tell.
From USA Today:
Hastert told prosecutors he paid Individual A about half of a $3.5 million off-the-books agreement to keep quiet about the abuse. Individual A sued Hastert, seeking payment for the remaining $1.8 million he says Hastert still owes him. The statutes of limitation long expired for the sex abuse, but prosecutors said they identified at least five individuals sexually abused by Hastert during his years as an educator before he launched his political career in the early 1980s. Before Judge Thomas Durkin handed down the sentence, Hastert acknowledged he abused Individual A and other boys in his charge.
“I want to apologize to the boys I mistreated when I was a coach,” he said. “They looked (up) at me and I took advantage of them.”