DEER LODGE, MONT. - The former Montana teacher who raped a 14-year-old former student finished serving his 30-day prison sentence and was released on probation yesterday.
DEER LODGE, MONT. —The former Montana teacher who raped a 14-year-old former student finished serving his 30-day prison sentence and was released on probation yesterday.
Stacey Rambold, 54, left the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge shortly before 10 a.m. after completing the sentence, which has been criticized as too lenient. He will be registered as a sex offender and will be on probation until 2028, a prisons spokeswoman said.
Rambold was convicted of raping Cherice Moralez in 2007. She committed suicide in 2010, and her mother said the rape was a major factor.
In sentencing Rambold, Judge Todd Baugh’s comments about Moralez sparked national outrage. The jurist said the girl was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation as was the defendant.”
Baugh later apologized, saying: “I made some really stupid remarks. It didn’t come out right, and I owe the whole county, but maybe even the whole country, especially women, an apology.”
Women’s advocates have filed a complaint against Baugh asking that he be removed from the bench.