TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ex-teacher ends 30-day sentence in rape of teen student in Montana

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
 

BILLINGS, Mont. — A former Montana high school teacher was released from prison on Thursday upon completing a 30-day sentence for raping a 14-year-old student, a term that is under review by the state's high court and spurred critics to call for the removal of the judge who handled the case.

Stacey Rambold, 54, left the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge after serving the sentence handed down by District Judge G. Todd Baugh for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez.

The judge drew outrage last month over the sentence's leniency and comments he made that appeared to pin some of the blame on Moralez.

The teenager committed suicide in 2010 before Rambold went to trial.

State prosecutors are appealing the sentence, saying Rambold should have received a minimum of two years. But barring new offenses, the former teacher has served his time and will stay out of prison pending the appeal.

Rambold was picked up at the prison by a family member Thursday morning and returned to Billings, where he was seen later in the day reporting to a state probation office.

He's been registered as a level 1 sex offender — meaning he's considered a low risk to re-offend— and will remain on probation through 2028 unless the original sentence is overruled.

 

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Army Sgt. Bergdahl must await general’s decision on court-martial
  2. New York City Mayor de Blasio grasps for healing in appeal to police, protesters
  3. Human rights groups urge criminal investigation into CIA torture
  4. GOP to weigh major changes in budget office
  5. Ebola in decline, CDC chief reports
  6. Georgia prosecutor Yates tapped for No. 2 post in Justice Department
  7. Ohio coach violates parole terms
  8. Ariz. begins giving licenses to young illegals
  9. Virus, pests blamed for Kan. death
  10. Judge says Ariz. sheriff’s challenge of immigration plan better left for Congress
  11. Rolling Stone magazine asks Columbia Journalism School to review University of Virginia rape story