Ex-Teacher Leaving Jail After 30-Day Rape Sentence

Sentence appealed to Montana high court
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2013 7:01 AM CDT
Ex-Teacher Leaving Jail After 30-Day Rape Sentence
This undated photo courtesy of Auliea Hanlon shows Cherice Moralez, who was raped in 2007 when she was 14 by teacher Stacey Rambold in Billings, Mont. Rambold is due to be released from prison today.   (AP Photo/Auliea Hanlon)

It's been a month, and that means confessed rapist Stacey Rambold is leaving prison today following a 30-day sentence that continues to fuel anger. The former teacher faces 14 years and 11 months of probation, CNN reports, and that may not be all: His short sentence, for the rape of a 14-year-old student who eventually committed suicide, has been appealed to the Montana Supreme Court. Prosecutors say the crime required a minimum two-year sentence. The judge who sentenced Rambold, saying the victim was "as much in control" as Rambold, has apologized after taking much heat. The victim's mom isn't having it.

Meanwhile, activists are fighting to get Judge Todd Baugh off the bench. The National Organization of Women's chapters in Montana and Pennsylvania, along with other activists, have registered a complaint with the judicial review board; they've also gathered some 144,000 signatures, KTVQ reports. "If we can't get him removed from this, there is something wrong with the system, and I know people in the state will work to not get (Baugh) re-elected (next year)," says a NOW leader. (Read more Stacey Rambold stories.)

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