Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was transported to Chicago from a Minnesota federal prison Monday to serve the remainder of his sentence, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Hastert was sent to a Chicago residential re-entry facility, or halfway house, although it’s unclear whether he will remain there or go under house arrest.
In April 2016, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for making illegal bank withdrawals. The money was used to silence an individual who accused Hastert of sexually abusing him while the former House speaker was a wrestling coach and teacher at Yorkville High School in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Federal prosecutors have identified several victims of Hastert’s sexual abuse, but he was convicted only on charges relating to bank fraud because the statute of limitations on child sex abuse had long expired by the time the Feds began investigating his cash withdrawals four years ago.
Hastert is one of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to go to prison. He served as House speaker from 1999 to 2007 – the longest tenure of any Republican House speaker in U.S. history.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists Hastert’s release date as Aug. 16.
Joining us with the latest on this story from the WBEZ studios is NPR reporter David Schaper.
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