Teacher Gets 30 Days for Rape of Student, 14
Troubled girl later committed suicide
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2013 1:42 AM CDT
Updated Aug 28, 2013 6:53 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A Montana teacher found guilty of raping a troubled 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide will spend just 30 days in jail because the judge decided the girl was "older than her chronological age" and "was as much in control of the situation" as her teacher. After the girl's suicide just before her 17th birthday made the case hard to prosecute, teacher Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, entered a deferred prosecution agreement—which he violated by missing sex offender treatment meetings and having unsupervised visits with minors, the Billings Gazette reports.

Rambold—who had previously been warned to avoid touching female students—targeted the troubled girl and violated his position of trust by beginning a sexual relationship with her, said prosecutors, who asked for a sentence of at least 20 years, with 10 suspended. His defense argued that he had already been punished enough by the loss of his career and his marriage. The girl's mother, who testified that the relationship with Rambold was a "major factor" in her daughter's suicide, screamed "You people suck!" after the sentence was announced.

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Allea Marie Santiago
Oct 24, 2014 3:56 AM CDT
This is really sad for the family of the girl. I hope they can hired one of the best los angeles sex crimes lawyer to help them and find more evidence that will them convict the suspect. I know time will come that this old man will be haunt by his consciences.
geo wells
Apr 30, 2014 2:36 PM CDT
The punishment seems a little light, but to judge the judge, we should have the evidence the judge used in making this decision. So often the media reports are just so lacking in any evidence, only loaded language to decide what the media or what is PC is allowed.
Aug 29, 2013 6:12 AM CDT
She didn't sound as though she "were very much in control". The judge is an ass &/or a pedophile himself. Civil suit to follow, I hope.