Former U.S. Rep. Donald Lukens was released from jail Friday after serving nine days of a 30-day sentence for having sex with a teenager.
The judge who sentenced Lukens agreed Thursday to release the former congressman so he could receive counseling. He was to go to a Washington, D.C., clinic for sex offenders.Lukens did not comment to reporters as he walked out of the Franklin County jail and into a car shortly before 8 a.m. At one point, he stumbled over a television crew's electrical cable and angrily stomped on it.
Ronald Solove, a domestic-relations judge, on Thursday agreed to release Lukens so he could enter a clinic for sex offenders.
"Society has benefited to the extent that they will benefit from your incarceration. Now, it's time for you to benefit," Solove told Lukens.
Lukens, 59, a Republican, told the judge that jail was a sobering experience.
Lukens was sentenced in June 1989 to the jail term and fined $500 after a jury convicted him of a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the unruliness of a minor.