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Montana Court Overturns Teacher's One-Month Rape Sentence

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05/01/2014 8:55 pm
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Montana Court Overturns Teacher's One-Month Rape Sentence
Media Courtesy of Reuters

Jenna Boures

Staff Writer


On Wednesday, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a former teacher’s one-month prison sentence for the rape of a 14-year-old student, reported Reuters.  The initially short sentence prompted heated backlash from women’s groups. Teacher Stacey Rambold earned just 31 days in prison for sexually assaulting his student, Cherice Moralez, who committed suicide before the trial began. In addition to assigning Rambold the short sentence, Judge G. Todd Baugh created controversy by stating that the victim looked older than her age and was "probably as much in control of the situation" as Rambold. Montana law requires at least a four-year sentence for a rapist attacking someone 16 years of age or younger, with a suspension limit of two years. The court revisited the case and overturned Rambold’s previous sentence of 31 days (originally 15 years, clearly over the two year suspension limit). Rambold’s overturned sentence was the result of violating the rules in his sex offender treatment program. Most recently, “prosecutors sought a 20-year prison term with half of it suspended,” reported Reuters. Rambold was originally charged with three accounts of sexual assault in 2008, admitting to only Moralez’s account. Public outcry called for Baugh’s unseating; the judge plans to retire at the end of this year. Although the delayed punishment has caused much criticism, those such as Marian Bradley, president of the Montana Chapter of the National Organization for Women, are pacified with Wednesday’s ruling. "It sends a clear message to the judiciary that women in Montana and women across the nation will not stand for the injustice and misconduct that ensued in this case and which in all likelihood have caused the mishandling of rape cases elsewhere," said Bradley. Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!



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