Teacher Who Got 1 Month in Prison for Raping Teen Now Gets What He Deserves

A former teacher who raped a 14-year-old student and originally was sentenced to only 30 days in jail finally gets what he deserves. Stacey Dean Rambold raped the teen, who was a student in his class at Billings Senior High School in Montana. That was in 2007. In 2010, she committed suicide. People were outraged that he was given so little time. This time, he got 10 years in prison.

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During the original sentencing, a judge said that Cherice Moralez was partially responsible for the rape, saying she looked older than her age. He will end his term as a judge in January. (Good riddance!) At the time, Judge G. Todd Baugh wrote:

I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape ... It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn't this forcible beat-up rape.

If it was "horrible enough just as it is" why the non-sentence? (And I guess in Baugh's world if you don't fight back against a rape, say because you're worried the man might kill you, then you weren't raped.)

The ensuing outry led Montana's Supreme Court to overturn the earlier sentence. He now has a much more appropriate sentence.

Rambold reportedly wrote to the court:

No one can really appreciate and understand what it feels like to have so many people actually hate you and be disgusted by you. I do not mention this for the sake of sympathy, but it has been hard.

But in typical fashion, it was 55-year-old Rambold's own determination to do exactly what he pleases that punished him in the end. Initially, he was offered a plea deal that meant he could have avoided prison as long as he did not visit relatives' children without authorization or date an adult woman without running it by his counselor.

Wow, you think he would have jumped at that deal. But it doesn't sound like he's ever made good choices and he wasn't about to start now. He declined the deal.

So now he goes to prison for a decade.

At least the justice system seems to be slowly waking up to the fact that rape is not the victim's fault and how she (or he) looks has nothing to do with it.

Do you think the sentence is fair?

 

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