Former teacher and convicted rapist, Stacey Rambold, walked out of the Montana State Prison on Sept. 26 a free man, after serving a 30-day prison sentence for raping a 14-year-old girl. That 14-year-old student eventually committed suicide.
The 54-year-old Rambold had previously admitted in court to the 2007 raping of 14-year-old student, Cherice Moralez, according to ABC News.
Rambold’s lenient 30-day sentence, decreed by district court Judge G. Todd Baugh last month in Billings, continues to spark nationwide outrage.
According to court documents:
“Rambold was charged in October 2008 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with Moralez, who was 14 at the time,”
Young Cherice Moralez committed suicide in February 2010. The child’s mom, Auliea Hanlon, believes that her daughter’s rape was a contributing factor in the suicide.
In addition to handing down only a 30-day sentence, Judge Baugh was also condemned for some comments he made at sentencing regarding the 14-year-old, comments like Cherice Moralez was “older than her chronological age.”
The judge later apologized for his comments and even tried to schedule a hearing in an effort to lengthen Stacey Rambold’s prison sentence to two years. That hearing request was shot down by the Montana Supreme Court though.
As part of a plea deal with the court, ex-teacher Stacey Rambold pleaded guilty to one rape charge, had to enter a sex offender treatment program, and agreed not have contact with children.
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