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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) has been released from a Minnesota prison and transferred to a re-entry facility in Chicago, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records.

He is set to be released from the re-entry management office on Aug. 16.

Once second in line to the presidency, Hastert, 75, is one of the highest-ranking U.S. politicians to ever go to prison.

He had been serving a 15-month sentence in a banking violations case that revealed accusations that he had sexually abused teenage boys while coaching wrestling at Yorkville High School in suburban Chicago from 1965 to 1981. U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin called Hastert "a serial child molester" during his sentencing.

Hastert was not charged with child abuse because of statutes of limitation.

Hastert pleaded guilty to violating federal banking laws in his efforts to pay $3.5 million to keep the accusations secret.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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