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Fmr. Speaker Hastert to Undergo 'Sex-Offender Treatment' Post-Release

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Former Speaker of the House and disgusting pedophile Dennis Hastert was released from prison on Monday after serving 15 months at the Federal Medical Center, Rochester prison in Minnesota.

However, Hastert’s release has come with a caveat.

The former speaker has been ordered to “undergo intensive court-ordered sex-offender treatment designed to ensure he never again poses a risk to children.”

According to Fox 32 Chicago:

The Illinois Republican was sentenced to 15 months in prison in April 2016 in a banking violations case that revealed he had sexually abused teenagers while coaching wrestling at a suburban Chicago high school. He was also given a two-year term of supervised release after has was out from behind bars.

The treatment Hastert faces is likely to include a lie-detector test to determine how many times the 75-year-old Illinois Republican sexually abused kids. Another common treatment for sex-offenders involves a penile plethysmograph, which gauges a known molester's physical reaction to specific images, according to former federal agents who dealt with child abuse cases.

While this may sound like the Guantanamo version of rehabilitation for sex offenders, it shouldn’t take a lie detector test to get Hastert to admit to all of his transgressions. If the man was truly rehabilitated, he would have already admitted to all of his heinous acts of child abuse, should there be more.

The upside of all the tests that Hastert is facing is that it’s a possible win-win for prosecutors. If Hastert doesn’t cooperate with the tests, a judge has the option to send him back to jail. But, if Hastert admits to cases not known by the authorities, prosecutors could open new investigations with the possibility of more jail time.

"If I was a relative or lived in his community, I wouldn't leave him alone around my children," said Francey Hakes, a former special assistant to the U.S. attorney general overseeing Justice Department child-exploitation units.

If Hastert committed more acts of child abuse not yet known to prosecutors, they should throw the book at him. But, even if he completes the sex-offender treatment and is fully released, the words of Hakes should be taken into account.

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