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Numerous restrictions for Dennis Hastert as he starts probation

Former House speaker officially no longer in custody; probation begins

Dennis Hastert
Dennis Hastert

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's 15-month federal prison term for banking charges officially ended Wednesday.

Hastert was released from federal prison in July but served the remainder of his sentence in either a halfway house or on home monitoring. Federal prison officials have not commented on where he served the remainder of his sentence.

Although he was sentenced to federal prison on banking charges, the charges were linked to accusations by multiple students that Hastert molested them when he was a coach and teacher at Yorkville High School in the 1960s and 1970s. In his sentencing of Hastert, federal Judge Thomas Durkin referred to the former House speaker as a "serial child molester."

Hastert now faces two years of supervised release, also known as probation, which carries with it a number of requirements. Hastert also owes fines of $250,000.

According to the sentencing order filed with the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois in 2016, during the two years he is on probation he must not commit another federal, state or local crime; must not unlawfully possess a controlled substance; and must cooperate "in the collection of a DNA sample if the collection of such a sample is required by law."

Hastert also must refrain from "knowingly meeting or communicating with" the three anonymous individuals named in the federal indictment or with Scott Cross, the brother of former Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego, who has accused Hastert publicly of sexually assaulting him as a teenager.

Hastert also is prohibited from possessing a firearm, "destructive device or other dangerous weapon."

Hastert is required to "remain within the jurisdiction where you are being supervised, with a map of that jurisdiction being provided by the probation officer at the inception of supervised release, unless granted permission to leave by the court or a probation officer."

Hastert is required to report to his probation officer and must permit a probation officer to visit him at "any reasonable time" at home or at an "other reasonable location specified by the probation officer," and he must permit "confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view of the probation officer."

Hastert is required to notify the probation officer within 72 hours of "any change in residence, employer or workplace" and is required to notify the probation officer within 72 hours if "arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer."

As part of his probation, Hastert also must participate in a sex offender treatment program.

"If the probation officer determines that you pose a risk to another person (including an organization or members of the community), the probation officer may require (Hastert) to tell the person about the risk, and you must comply with that," the sentencing order stated.

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