Ex-teacher ends 30-day sentence in rape of teen student in Montana
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Study: At least 786 child abuse victims died despite being on protective services’ radar
- U.S., Cuba patching torn relations with historic accord
- $1.5B more a year — from fees tacked onto phone bills — earmarked for faster Internet
- Congress’ legacy: Way worse than ‘do-nothing’ one of 1947-48
- Castle doctrine doesn’t hold up in Montana murder case
- Fracking essentially banned in N.Y.
- Republican lawmakers vow to block confirmation of any potential ambassador to Cuba
- Conn. dentist’s license suspended over death
- Sale of ‘Breathe Easy’ shirts blasted amid Indiana protests
- Warren’s hangups over trade agenda threaten party ties
- Lifting limits on Cuba a boon for U.S.