The former teacher who admitted raping his 14-year-old student was released from a Montana prison today after serving 30 days of his 31-day sentence. Stacey Rambold received the lenient sentence last month, after a Montana judge said the victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold.
Rambold raped Cherice Morales in 2008, when Morales was a student at Billings Senior High School in Billings, Montana. In 2010, while the case was pending, Morales committed suicide. Morale's mother would later say Rambold's assault was a “major factor” in her daughter's suicide
Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh's controversial sentence sparked nationwide outrage. A petition calling for his resignation has been signed by more than 170,000 people, and prosecutors have appealed the sentencing. Baugh would later apologize for his “chronological age” comments, telling NBC News, “I don't know how to pass that off." But Baugh stood by his sentence of 31 days, with one day suspended for time served. Rambold will also be registered as a sex offender and will be on probation until 2028.
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