Ex-Teacher Who Got One Month for Raping Student Will Be Resentenced
The Montana Supreme Court has ordered a resentencing for the former high school teacher who served just one month after being convicted of raping a 14-year-old student. The rapist, who has been free since last fall, will receive a new sentence from a different judge in accordance with the state's sentencing guidelines.
ex-teacher Stacey Dean Rambold was found to have had three sexual
encounters with an underage student (who later committed suicide),
District Judge G. Todd Baugh reduced Rambold's sentence by blaming the
the original sentencing last August, Judge Baugh said the 14-year-old
girl was "as much in control of the situation" as her adult rapist, and
declared her "older than her chronological age."
also downplayed the fact that Rambold had been kicked out of a sex
offender treatment program for missing meetings. Baugh later apologized
for his comments about the victim, but said he stood by his sentence.
Montana Supreme Court cited Baugh's actions in ordering the
resentencing Wednesday, and ordered a new sentencing hearing with a
different judge presiding. A separate disciplinary complaint against
Baugh is still pending.
Prosecutors originally wanted Rambold to serve at least 10 years. Montana's states guidelines call for a 4 year minimum.