This is appalling:
Dirty sex offender.
A Montana teacher who admitted to raping a troubled 14-year-old student who later committed suicide has been given just 30 days in jail after a judge ruled that the girl was more mature than her age and ‘just as in control’ of the relationship as the teacher.
Here’s how it went down.
The Billings Gazette reports that Rambold was arrested in 2008 after police and administrators at Billings Senior High School learned that he had targeted 14-year-old Cherice, a troubled freshman at the school, and groomed her for sex.
The school district had warned Rambold four years earlier to avoid touching or being alone with female students, it was later revealed.
When the victim killed herself, the prosecution was “forced to defer prosecution.”
They agreed to dismiss the case if Rambold admitted to one count of rape and agreed to enter a three-stage sex offender treatment program.
So he went to treatment.
And got kicked out.
In December, prosecutors revived the case and re-filed charges after they learned that the teacher had been kicked out of the program for having unsupervised visits with minors.
That’s right. He was kicked out of sex offender treatment because he was sneaking “visits” with children.
But, the judge felt the poor guy had been “punished enough,” and hit him with a slap on the wrist:
Rambold’s defense lawyer said those minors were his family members.The attorney said Rambold was attending another treatment program and was considered a low risk to re-offend.
Judge Baugh seemed to agree. He said that the former teacher’s violations at the sex offender treatment program were not enough to warrant prosecution.
He also said that when he reviewed taped police interviews with Cherice and concluded that even though she was 35 years younger than Rambold and clearly troubled, she was ‘as much in control of the situation’ as the teacher, the Gazette reported.
Judge Baugh also said that Cherice was ‘older than her chronological age’ – which mitigated Rambold’s crimes.
It was her fault.
By the way, he’s up for re-election.
Come on, Montana. Do what’s right.