Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, 75, who had always been regarded in the public eye as just a Regular Joe from the Midwest - that is until his scandal emerged - has been released from a federal prison hospital in Minnesota and transferred to a halfway house in Chicago, Josh Gerstein of Politico reports.
"Hastert pleaded guilty in October  to illegally structuring bank withdrawals to evade reporting rules for large transactions".
It's where he'll complete his 15-month sentence.
Judge Thomas Durkin called Hastert a "serial child molester" at the sentencing, after prosecutors found at least five individuals Hastert abused during his time as a coach prior to his political career.
His official release date was slated for August 16.
He was released from the Minnesota facility on Monday and is now under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Residential Reentry Management Office, which administers halfway houses and helps prepare prisoners to re-enter society, the bureau said.
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Hastert's federal indictment was made public in May 2015, revealing the allegations of sexual assault. He has repeatedly declined comment, but his wife acknowledged her husband is a victim. Hastert, who has diabetes, suffered a stroke before he started his prison sentence. Prison and health experts have said that treatment will likely include a lie-detector test to determine how many times Hastert sexually abused kids and for how long. "They looked (up) at me and I took advantage of them".
"They got him on what they could", he said.
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. He sat in a wheelchair during his sentencing and used a walker to deliver a statement.
Cross, a former wrestler, testified that he was abused when he was in the school locker room. Hastert paid Individual A only $1.7 million, and Individual A has sued Hastert for the remaining balance.
The former speaker served 20 years in Congress and eight years as the highest-ranking member of the House before retiring in 2007.
Dennis Hastert is far from putting his child sex-abuse scandal in the past just because he's been released from a federal prison after serving a little over a year on a related banking conviction.