Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Once upon a time Statutory Rape was a serious crime
Now it has become little more than a misdemeanor even if the victim later kills herself. Of course the
A former Billings Senior High School teacher who pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old student who later killed herself has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by a judge who said the victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher.Despite his failure in a court ordered treatment program, the judge still took pity on the poor
A Montana judge who sentenced a former teacher to 30 days for raping a 14-year-old girl is standing by his comments that the girl was older than her "chronological age" when it came to sexual matters.
But District Judge G. Todd Baugh says that doesn't make 54-year-old Stacey Rambold's actions any less of a crime. The girl killed herself in February 2010 while the case was pending.
In handing down the sentence Monday, Baugh said the girl was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher.
Baugh tells the Billings Gazette that a 14-year-old girl can't consent, but this situation was not a "forcible beat-up rape."
He says the girl's death also complicated the county attorney's case.
The girl's mother repeatedly screamed, "You people suck!" and stormed out of the courtroom Monday after the sentence was read.
Rambold, now 54, was charged in October 2008 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent alleging that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with Cherice Morales, starting the previous year when she was 14.
Morales took her own life in February 2010 while the case was pending.
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