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Hastert released from prison to sex offender treatment

By Christy Gutowski . . . Dennis Hastert‘s federal prison sentence officially ended Wednesday, but the former U.S. House speaker’s legal troubles are far from over.

Hastert still faces two Kendall County lawsuits related to allegations of child sexual abuse decades ago when he worked as a high school teacher and coach.

In the first lawsuit, due back in court this month, attorneys for the former high school standout wrestler at the center of a 2015 federal indictment that led to the ex-politician’s downfall want Hastert to turn over all documents regarding his misconduct and other correspondence.

The documents being sought may include text messages, emails, letters and even a personal diary if Hastert has kept one, dating back more than 50 years.

In response, Hastert attorney John Ellis asked Kendall County Judge Robert Pilmer for a protective order barring the request and other “overbroad” discovery demands. The opposing counsel also seek to depose Hastert.

His attorneys declined to comment Wednesday.

Hastert served 85 percent of his 15-month federal prison in Minnesota for violating banking regulations to cover up child sexual abuse. He was never charged with a sex crime due to the long-expired statute of limitations, federal prosecutors said.

He returned to Chicago July 17 and was processed through a federal residential re-entry management field office on the West Side. Authorities, though, have declined to say whether Hastert has been living in a halfway house or on home confinement this past month.

According to U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin’s sentencing order, Hastert must now serve two years of supervised release that will include restricted travel, random drug screenings and regular checkups from an officer.

And because Hastert admitted he sexually abused boys when he was a wrestling coach decades ago, the onetime Republican powerhouse has been ordered by a judge to take part in a sex-offender treatment program, including any “psychological and physiological testing” recommended by his probation officer.

Read full article in the Chicago Tribune.

This topic contains 13 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Jonny everyman 2 months, 3 weeks ago.

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  • #19074 Reply

    Lovecraft

    Gotta love how most of the powerful people somehow avoid the registry even if it is legitimate like the statute of limitations. Im sure if it was someone else they would have found a way to get some sort of conviction that required duty to register.

  • #19137 Reply

    Shawn

    Funny how he avoids a retroactive registry, standing in line at a police station while his and other S.O’s pictures are displayed on a 70 inch screen, residency restrictions, a multitude of punitive measures cooked up annually, homelessness, social pariah, assaults, attempted murders, slur and hate speech. My time was served in full. 10 years, released and living free before the second, supposedly civil iteration of SORNA was enacted. And then, Hell. So damn unfair. Rest assured,
    once a member of the old boy network, someone intervened on his behalf. And now he’ll live in his big house, with his federal pension, full insurance, plenty of food and bills paid. While I waste away living on the street and using a coffee shops internet.

  • #19147 Reply

    He’s a bizarre individual.

    Did he sexually victimize children?

    • #19168 Reply

      Registry Rage

      Yes. FIVE victims he rpaed.. and one killed himself.

      Hastert does not have to register because he was not charged with a sex crime as part of his plea.

      Angry yet?

      • #19175 Reply

        Sandy
        Keymaster

        He could not be charged because of a statute of limitations.
        NARSOL does not advocate for the removal of such statutes. After years have gone by, evidence and witnesses are unreliable or gone. The ability to receive a fair trial is severely comprised when charges are made many years after the offense is alleged to have occurred. This may and does protect the guilty, but it also protects the innocent.

        • #19289 Reply

          seeking justice

          Lets not let our anger become one of those who want revenue to punish this class of actions. Remember if the constitution can not protect the worst of us how can it protect the best of us. We know the establishment will protect their own and it seems laws are handed out unfairly but we need judicial discretion if not look at the Federal laws done to all unfairly applied. Karma always pays forward! I just wonder if he voted for the Sex Offender Legislation that deprives the constitutional freedoms in a collateral sense?

  • #19162 Reply

    Rajendra

    Welcome to America

  • #19189 Reply

    Gralphr

    The man needs to be followed and harassed/questioned by people on the registry for life. This fool is one of the people who helped create this Nazi system in order to cover up the crimes he did.

  • #19193 Reply

    Shaking my head

    Foley, Hastert and Weiner, at work for YOU in the halls of Congress. *shaking my head*

  • #19246 Reply

    R. Arens

    I believe the only reason he was compelled to participate in treatment was because his financial crimes contained a sexual component. Had the statutes of limitations not expired, I assure you, he never would’ve seen the light of day. People have killed and served less time than the average sex offender does. Hasserts legal problems are strictly related to his illegal banking practices.

  • #19286 Reply

    kind of living

    yup a self serving scum bag dodging the registry , and even know he never tried to put a stop the registry as he lived the life of the elite , I still don’t think he should have to register , because I refuse to be part of this guilt / sin / blame / punish ,” registry force” , yup he has been part of our having to register , but our distaste / or hate even ,,,, will not change the fact that the registry is wrong no matter who they place on this registry of public shame . that harms our familys , and affects every part of our lifes , at some point the finger pointing needs to stop , and we need to start listening to all sides to help find a way that will place us in history in a positive way ,rather that just people refusing to take responsibility , refusing to forgive , and help fix problems rather than creating victims in the revolving doors of so called justice , if we cant look for the Gov’t to truly help we have only each other to start the communication with not just speaking words ,but listening and working on a positive outcome , too much guilt , sin and blame going around , we need fresh positive thinking to bring about positive change for everyone , I don’t know what the answer is to ending this nightmare , but its not going to be negative shaming web sites or hate driven response to an already sad thing for us and our family to be forced to live as well as the “victims” often groomed to stay victims rather than coping skills , only to make more victims of RC’s and their family , a negative cycle

  • #19330 Reply

    david

    Even tho it’s Hastert being made to Register i still don’t feel good about it. It is sort of Karmic, him being made to register and all, after he pushed for harsher sex crime laws- but that’s just about all the Registry is good for, isn’t it? Revenge, malice and spitefulness. At this point i mostly just feel sorry for the guy.

    • #19392 Reply

      Jonny everyman

      I think you didn’t read the article. He does not have to register. He only has to do treatment

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