A Yellowstone County district judge Monday ordered a former Senior High teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old female student who later committed suicide to spend 30 days in jail. Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days suspended, for sexual intercourse without consent. Rambold, 54, will be given credit for one day already served. He was handcuffed and led to jail at the close of the hearing.
The judge's sentence was not received well by the girl's mother, who repeatedly screamed "You people suck!" and stormed out of the courtroom. Auliea Hanlon testified earlier at the hearing that her daughter's relationship with Rambold was a "major factor" in her suicide, and she begged the judge to order Rambold to prison.
Rambold had a "deferred prosecution agreement" with prosecutors that barred him from having contact with minors and required him to complete a sex offender treatment program. But Rambold got kicked out of that sex offender program and had contact with minors. More appalling details here—including the judge's contention that Rambold's victim was "older than her chronological age," and Rambold's lawer's contention that his not raped, not dead client is the real victim because he has to wear the "scarlet letter of the Internet."