54 Year Old Billings Teacher Gets 30 Days for Raping 14 Year Old Student
There aren’t strong enough words to describe the confounding decision by district Judge G. Todd Baugh to suspend all but 30 days of a 15 year sentence for the statutory rape of 14 year old Cherice Morales by her 54 year old teacher, Stacey Rambold.
Cherice Morales isn’t around to witness this travesty of justice because she committed suicide just before turning 17.
Again, there just aren’t words. And unfortunately Montana will be making national headlines again because holding rapists accountable is apparently not something any city in this state is very good at.
If you haven’t heard the judge’s inexcusable justification, read this:
Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse, which makes Rambold’s crime felony rape.
However, issuing the sentence Baugh said Morales not only had equal control of the rape, but was also a troubled youth “older than her chronological age.” The remark sparked public outrage, first from Morales’ mother, Auliea Hanlon, and then from people calling for the judge to at least be censured.
What. The. Fuck.