A teacher in Montana will spend just 30 days in jail after he was convicted of raping a teenage girl who later committed suicide.
(Image source: Billings Gazette ) BY LAUREN ZIMA AND CHRISTINA HARTMAN A teacher in Montana will spend just 30 days in jail after he was convicted of raping a teenage girl who later committed suicide. AULIEA HANLON, VICTIM’S MOTHER (Via WTOC ): “Whoa, I got up, I went to court, I was floored, I thought there was a minimum sentence. I don't know. My faith in the justice system is gone.” That was the victim’s mother, who testified that teacher Stacey Dean Rambold was a factor in her daughter’s suicide, which happened just before the girl turned 17. The case began back in 2008, when the girl was 14 and a high school student. Rambold was 49. (Via WGCL ) CNN reports on the rhetoric in the judge’s decision in this case. It is, frankly, shocking. "It’s not probably the kind of rape most people think about ... [the sentencing judge said] ... It was not a violent, forcible, beat-the-victim rape, like you see in the movies.” “He claimed the 14-year-old girl was, listen to this, ‘as much in control of the situation [as he was, he added the girl was] older than her chronological age.” Ultimately, that thought process led the judge to sentence Rambold to 15 years in prison, but suspending all but 31 days of that sentence, and gave him credit for one day served in jail. Petitions online are calling for Judge G. Todd Baugh ’s resignation and the firing of Principal Scott Anderson , who hired Rambold despite alleged questions about his interactions with female students. Montana state law, by the way, says children under the age of 16 can’t legally consent to sexual intercourse. And what outrages critics more is the fact Rambold was ordered to attend a sex-offender treatment program, but he reportedly missed so many meetings he was terminated from the program. (Via WPFO ) Community members are planning to protest outside the Yellowstone County Courthouse Thursday. As early as Tuesday, Judge Baugh was standing by his decision.