By Jane Nambi
A teacher has been sentenced to one month in jail for defiling a student who later commits suicide after the incident way back in 2008.
The mother of the girl was outraged by the sentencing saying, “I think this sentence is a joke, a travesty,” the mother, Auliea Hanlon, said a day after the sentencing. “People will lose faith in our justice system. I have.”
The girl was aged 14 when the incident occurred which led to her taking her own life. The judge who issued the sentencing, judge G. Todd Baugh said the girl “seemed older than her chronological age” and was “as much in control of the situation” as the teacher. The teen was a student at Billings Senior High School and Stacey Dean Rambold was a teacher. She was 14 at the time and he was 49.
After the school officials learned of the relationship, Rambold resigned. Later on, he was charged with three counts of [intimate] intercourse without consent. “It’s not probably the kind of rape most people think about,” Baugh said. “It was not a violent, forcible, beat-the-victim rape, like you see in the movies. But it was nonetheless a rape. It was a troubled young girl, and he was a teacher. And this should not have occurred.”
The committed suicide a few weeks shy of her 17th birthday.