Thursday, September 26, 2013

Montana Rapist Freed After 30 Days

An admitted rapist and former high school teacher in Montana was released today after serving a 30-day prison sentence for raping a 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide.
Stacey Rambold, 54, left the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge after completing the term handed down by District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings last month for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez, according to the Associated Press.
Rambold's sentence triggered protest and outrage across the nation after Baugh said in a Billings, Mont., court that the victim was "older than her chronological age." Baugh later voiced regret for his choice of words, but initially stood by the 30-day jail sentence. Then, Baugh had a change of heart and scheduled a hearing to determine whether the sentence should be increased by two years.
Earlier this month, Montana's Supreme Court blocked Baugh from resentencing Rambold and voiding the 31-day prison sentence.  (more...)

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