Teacher Rapes Student, Judge Gives Rapist THIRTY DAYS (30)….Blames Victim.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From Associated Press:

 

Mont. Judge Apologizes for Comments in Teen’s Rape

 

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By MATT VOLZ and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press

 

BILLINGS, Mont. August 28, 2013 (AP)

 

A Montana judge apologized Wednesday for saying a 14-year-old rape victim was “older than her chronological age” and had as much control of the situation as the teacher who raped her — remarks that prompted protests and a petition for his resignation.

 

District Judge G. Todd Baugh made the comments Monday while sentencing former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold to a 15-year prison sentence then suspending all but 31 days and giving him credit for one day already served.

 

District Judge G. Todd Baugh thinks a rape has to be a "forcible, beat-up rape" to warrant stiffer sentence.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh thinks a rape has to be a “forcible, beat-up rape” to warrant stiffer sentence.

‘It’s not as if it was forcible, beat-up rape': Judge tries to defend himself after sentencing teacher to just 30 days for raping student, 14, who then killed herself

 

Yellowstone County officials previously agreed to defer Rambold’s prosecution for three years and dismiss the charges if he completed a sexual offender treatment program. The case was revived in December after prosecutors learned Rambold, 54, was kicked out of the program for having unsupervised visits with minors who were family members and not telling counselors he was having a sexual relationship with a woman.

 

Defense attorney Jay Lansing said Rambold has continued his treatment with a different program and an evaluation found him at low risk to re-offend.

 

The judge said he wasn’t convinced that the reasons for Rambold’s exit from the program were serious enough to warrant the 10-year prison term recommended by prosecutors.

 

Faced with backlash over his comments and the sentence that protesters considered too light, Baugh wrote an apology in a brief letter to the editor to The Billings Gazette. The newspaper provided a copy of the apology to The Associated Press.

 

It was later revealed that administrators at Billings Senior High School had warned Rambold not to touch female students or be alone with them.

It was later revealed that administrators at Billings Senior High School had warned Rambold not to touch female students or be alone with them.

 

“I’m not sure just what I was attempting to say but it did not come out correct,” he wrote. “What I said is demeaning of all women, not what I believe and irrelevant to the sentencing. My apologies to all my fellow citizens.”

 

“I will add an addendum to the court file to hopefully better explain the sentence,” he added.

 

A protest scheduled for Thursday outside Yellowstone County Courthouse will go on despite the apology, said organizer Sheena Rice, stressing that it’s important for the community to show it is not going to stand for victim blaming.

 

“I’m glad he apologized, but he should have known better as a judge,” Rice said. “The fact that he said it makes me think he still believes it.”

 

A petition will be circulated at the protest calling for Baugh’s resignation. An online version of the petition had more than 8,500 signatures by Wednesday morning.

 

If the petition and protest aren’t enough to force Baugh’s resignation, protesters will shift to defeating him in the 2014 election, Rice said.

He was first elected to the bench in 1984 and has been re-elected every six years since then without an opponent.

 

Rambold was charged in October 2008 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent after authorities alleged he had an ongoing sexual relationship with Cherice Moralez, starting the previous year when she was 14. Moralez killed herself in 2010 at age 16 while the case was pending.

 

The girl’s mother, Auleia Hanlon, said in a statement to the Gazette that she no longer believes in justice after Baugh’s sentence and remarks about her daughter.

 

Fury: Auliea Hanlon, Cherice's mother, said Judge Baugh resorted to 'blaming the victim' and pointed out that her daughter wasn't even old enough to drive a car.

Fury: Auliea Hanlon, Cherice’s mother, said Judge Baugh resorted to ‘blaming the victim’ and pointed out that her daughter wasn’t even old enough to drive a car.

 

“She wasn’t even old enough to get a driver’s license. But Judge Baugh, who never met our daughter, justified the paltry sentence saying she was older than her chronological age,” Hanlon said. “I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14.”

Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse.

 

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito previously said he disagreed with the judge’s ruling but would not appeal it.

 

“The judge’s reasons are his reasons and his reasons alone. He has broad authority under state law, given the proper criteria,” Twito said Tuesday.

 

Thank you  Associated Press.

 

Teacher Stacey Rambold sentenced to 30 days in the rape case of a 14-year-old student, who later killed herself over case/rape humiliation.

Teacher Stacey Rambold sentenced to 30 days in the rape case of a 14-year-old student, who later killed herself over case/rape humiliation.

 

 

 

From The Daily Mail UK:

 

EXCLUSIVE: Cherry was raped by her teacher at 14 and shunned for reporting it. Then she shot herself dead in her mother’s bed. Now her mom reveals her ‘living hell’ and fury that attacker got just 30 days jail

By LAURA COLLINS IN BILLINGS, MONTANA

 

  • Cherice Moralez, 14 at the time, was bullied by classmates after charges were brought against her Montana teacher Stacey Rambold, 48
  • Mother says friends ‘gave her dark looks and walked on other side of school corridor’
  • Cherice was found by her horrified mother in her bed after shooting herself dead when it became too much to bear
  • School had issued Rambold with a warning over inappropriate behavior four years before he raped Cherice but left him in charge of minors
  • Rambold admitted to raping the vulnerable teenager on several occasions in 2007 in his marital home, car and office
  • Judge gave Rambold just 30 days in jail instead of maximum of life because ‘he’d suffered enough’ and claimed Cherry was ‘in control’
  • Mother hit back saying: ‘He is the highest authority of law and he pretty much just said it’s okay’
  • ‘This guy was 48. She was 14. You think you’re all grown up at 14 but you’re not. She wasn’t. She needed protecting and looking after’
  • Protests planned for today and nationwide petition calling for judge’s removal has 10,000 signatures
Horror: Cherice Moralez, age 14 pictured, shot herself dead in her mother's bed after being repeatedly raped by a teacher who will serve just 30 days in jail.

Horror: Cherice Moralez, age 14 pictured, shot herself dead in her mother’s bed after being repeatedly raped by a teacher who will serve just 30 days in jail.

 

The full horror of the torment endured by a schoolgirl who shot herself dead in her mother’s bed after being repeatedly raped by a teacher who will serve just 30 days in jail can be revealed today.

 

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline Cherice Moralez’s mother told how the schoolgirl, 14 at the time of her ordeal, was shunned and bullied by classmates after charges were brought against her Montana teacher Stacey Rambold – who admitted to raping the vulnerable teenager on several occasions in 2007.

 

Her mom Auliea Hanlon spoke of her sense of injustice and her horror at revelations that the school district had issued Rambold, 54, with a warning over inappropriate behavior four years before he groomed Cherice, but left him in charge of minors.

She said: ‘They say religion is for people who’re afraid to go to hell and spirituality is for people who’ve already been there.

 

‘Well that’s where Cherry was. She was in hell. She was beautiful and he took away everything beautiful.’

 

The ordeal and the legal process that began with Rambold’s arrest in 2008, was too much for Cherry – as her family knew her – to bear.

 

After being haunted by the ordeal for over a year, on February 6, 2010, three weeks short of her 17th birthday she shot herself in her mother’s bed.

 

 

Now Mrs Hanlon, the woman who watched as her little girl suffered for years has spoken of her anguish and disbelief at the sentence handed down in Billings District Court on Monday.

 

Rambold was charged on three counts of Sexual Intercourse Without Consent (Felony) in July 2010.

 

The prosecution was deferred for 36 months on various conditions including completing the Sexual Offender Treatment Program at South Central Treatment with Micheal Sullivan.

 

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The case was revived when Rambold broke the conditions – but in the absence of a victim anymore he pleaded guilty to one of these counts.

 

The prosecution had recommended a 20 year sentence with 10 years suspended. The maximum Rambold faced was life.

 

Instead Judge G Todd Baugh appeared to agree with the defense assertion that Rambold had ‘suffered enough’ in losing his job, his wife, his teaching license and his house.

 

The decision, and the remarks of the judge who has been forced to defend it, come as a bitter final blow to Cherry’s family.

 

Cherry’s mother accused the judge of ‘trying to make rape more acceptable,’ when, in handing down his judgment Judge Baugh described Cherry as ‘older than her years’ and ‘in control of the situation.’

 

His words have provoked widespread outrage. Within a day of being posted, a petition by democratic campaigning website MoveOn.org, calling for his removal from office had garnered more than 10,000 signatures and a protest is to be held today in front of the town courthouse.

 

An interview with local newspaper The Billings Gazette in which the District Judge stood by his decision only incited further outrage as he sought to clarify his stance with the statement: ‘Obviously a 14-year-old can’t consent. I think the people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape.

 

‘It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn’t this forcible beat-up thing.’

 

Reacting to the comments, Mrs Hanlon said: ‘He is the highest authority of law and he pretty much just said, “Oh it’s okay. She went along with it. So it’s okay.” And it’s not okay.

 

‘This guy was 48. She was 14. You think you’re all grown up at 14 but you’re not. She wasn’t. She needed protecting and looking after.’

 

Instead, her family now believe she was left open to a sexual predator who was already on the school district’s radar.

 

Rambold had received a warning four years earlier to avoid touching or being alone with female students.

Outrage: Cherry’s mother now believe she was left open to a sexual predator who was already on the school district’s radar, having received a warning four years before the rapes.

 

A court affidavit first reported by KTVQ in 2008, stated: ‘In 2004 Senior High principal Scott Anderson met with Rambold to discuss allegations that he touched a girl’s thigh and waist and was told to keep, ‘his hands off all students.’

 

The court affidavit reportedly said Anderson warned Rambold, ‘anything further would result in a formal investigation and a copy in his personnel file.’

 

Cherry’s mother said this only added to the family’s fury.

 

‘Tell me how this makes sense? The law says that anything under 16 is illegal,’ she said. ‘The man signed a confession. He did it and he got to walk away.’

 

She continued: ‘The judge let everybody off with that sentence. He let the school off, he let Rambold off… I’m not saying that he was the only reason she took her life but that was the straw that broke the camel’s back.’

 

On the day of her death, Cherry had been due to join her mother and young brother at the Pine Derby for Boy Scouts but changed her mind at the last minute.

 

When the family returned home later that day, one relative recalled, Cherry’s mother thought her daughter was sleeping in her room.

 

Teacher: Rambold, 54, lost his house, his job, his teaching license and his wife as a result of the charges. His lawyer suggested, and the judge seemed to agree on Monday, that he had been 'punished enough'.

Teacher: Rambold, 54, lost his house, his job, his teaching license and his wife as a result of the charges. His lawyer suggested, and the judge seemed to agree on Monday, that he had been ‘punished enough’.

 

‘It must have been 15 minutes or so before Auliea went into check, Cherry was in her mom’s bed.

 

She thought she was sleeping then she put on the light.

 

‘She’ll spend a long time trying to get rid of the image of what she saw.’

 

Her daughter had shot herself where she lay.

 

According to the relative Cherry’s mother ‘was not perfect’ but tried her best to look out for her admittedly wayward – and vulnerable – daughter.

 

Cherry’s parents were divorced and she split her time between mother Auliea and her natural father John Moralez.

 

Auliea now lives with Raymond Hanlon who she married after her divorce and went on to have three children with. For a while Cherry lived with her grandmother.

 

According to the family it was an utter shock when, in April 2008, a member of the church group Cherry attended told her mother that Cherry had made allegations regarding Rambold.

 

One said: ‘Her mother made a point of writing down all the contact names and numbers in Cherry’s phone.

 

‘She had Stacey written down with the rest but she thought it was a girl. She had no idea.’

 

Cherry’s family were united in their decision to press charges and pursue Rambold and the School District through the court.

 

The teen had, Mrs Hanlon explained, been reluctant to press charges for fear of the social stigma in the community and at Billings Senior High School.

 

Her anxieties were tragically realised. She said: ‘When you’re a teenager your whole life revolves around friends, buddies and social ties.

 

‘But after this happened she had none of those really. It was all dark looks, people would step out of the way, shun her.

 

‘He ruined her life in school. And she went back and she went back and she went back until it was just too much.’

 

The protracted and confusing legal process did not help.

 

Rambold was arrested on 31 October 2008 and charged on three counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

 

Charging documents show that Cherry was a ninth grader when she had sexual contact with Rambold three times between October and December 2007.

 

One encounter took place in his car, one in the business and technology teacher’s office and the third as the twice-married man’s marital home.

 

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Defense: Judge Todd Baugh, pictured, attempted to defend his remarks about Cherry by explaining that her sexual contact with her teacher wasn’t a ‘forcible, beat-up rape’

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The teen had, Mrs Hanlon explained, been reluctant to press charges for fear of the social stigma in the community and at Billings Senior High School.

 

Her anxieties were tragically realised. She said: ‘When you’re a teenager your whole life revolves around friends, buddies and social ties.

 

‘But after this happened she had none of those really. It was all dark looks, people would step out of the way, shun her.

 

‘He ruined her life in school. And she went back and she went back and she went back until it was just too much.’

 

The protracted and confusing legal process did not help.

 

Rambold was arrested on 31 October 2008 and charged on three counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

 

Charging documents show that Cherry was a ninth grader when she had sexual contact with Rambold three times between October and December 2007.

 

One encounter took place in his car, one in the business and technology teacher’s office and the third as the twice-married man’s marital home.

Intense bullying: ‘After this happened… It was all dark looks, people would step out of the way, shun her,’ Cherry’s mother told MailOnline.

 

The truth had exploded earlier that summer, leaving Cherry’s family riven and showing an impact on Rambold’s own domestic situation.

 

He and his second wife separated in June 2008. The divorce was finalized in July, the same month he resigned from the teaching post from which he was on paid leave.

 

But while the criminal case was pending Cherry took her life. Without her testimony the state could not obtain the felony convictions they were seeking in trial.

 

In July 2010 a deferred prosecution was offered as a compromise – Rambold pleaded guilty to one of the three counts and agreed to undertake sexual offender counseling.

 

Under the agreement the criminal charges would have been dismissed within three years if Rambold abided by the sex offender treatment and other stipulations.

 

Mrs Hanlon brought a Wrongful Death Case against the school in 2011 and was awarded $91,000 in a settlement – a condition of which is confidentiality on the agreement details.

 

But Rambold did not abide by the conditions of his deferred sentence. He was thrown off the sex offender programme for having sexual relations with a woman and failing to disclose this to his probation officer. He also broke the conditions by being in the company of minor – albeit supervised visits to family members.

 

Her fault? Judge Todd Baugh ruled that Cherice was ‘older than her chronological age’ and that in listening to the girl’s police interviews, he came to believe that she was in control of the relationship with her teacher.

 

But though this revived the case in December 2010, this week Judge Baugh stated that he did not consider these violations ‘serious.’

 

‘This whole thing,’ Mrs Hanlon admitted, ‘Has just floored us. We went along on Monday expecting, I don’t know… something.

 

‘Instead you’ve got this kind of slimy guy who just seems to skim along just fine.

 

‘So he thinks his life is ruined? If it is it’s because he chose that – he made a conscious decision every single day he woke up and did what he did.

 

‘Cherry was 14-years-old.’

 

In a rambling defense of his comments and the sentence he handed Rambold, the judge told the Billings Gazette on Tuesday: ‘I think what people are seeing is a sentence for rape of 30 days.

 

‘Obviously on the face of it, if you look at it in that way, it’s crazy.

 

‘No wonder people are upset. I’d be upset, too, if that happened.’

 

But the judge insisted the reasons for Rambold’s termination from the sex offender programme were not serious enough to warrant the lengthy prison sentence the prosecution was seeking.

 

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito expressed his frustration at this. He said: ‘We respect the judge but we vehemently disagree with his sentencing decision.

 

‘I sent one of my best deputies who’s my chief deputy, down there to fight this out and unfortunately the judge did not agree with our recommendation, which included substantial prison time.’

 

He admitted there were ‘limited avenues to explore’ in terms of appealing the sentence.

 

Thank you The Daily Mail UK.

 

 

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JUDGE WHO GAVE PREDATOR TEACHER 30 DAYS IS JAIL IS RUNNING FOR FIFTH TERM ON THE BENCH

 

Montana District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh announced on Monday that Cherice Morales seemed just as responsible for a sexual relationship with her teacher Stacey Dean Rambold as the teacher was – even though Cherice was troubled and only 14 at the time.

 

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He also pronounced that the girl, who killed herself two years later, appeared to be ‘older than her chronological age.’

 

Baugh, 66, is running for a fifth term overseeing cases in Montana’s 13th Judicial District. He has been on the bench since 1986.

 

He announced on August 21 that he is running for re-election. So far, he is running unopposed.

 

He recently told KULR-TV: ‘When I was younger I thought, “By golly, by the time I get to be 66, I’ll be way old and ready to retire,” but then I discovered when I got here that I’m not.’

 

If re-elected in 2014, he would serve another six-year term.

 

He ran unopposed in 2008 and 2002, state elections records show.

 

He is the son of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback ‘Slingin” Sammy Baugh.

 

Baugh did not return a call from MailOnline seeking comment on the case.

 

From CBS News:

 

Todd Baugh, Mont. judge, defends handing down 30-day sentence to teacher in rape of student

 

By Erin Donaghue

 

(CBS/AP) — A Montana judge who sentenced former teacher Stacey Rambold to 30 days in the rape case of a 14-year-old student is defending his decision as outrage grows over his comments that the girl was “older than her chronological age.”

 

In 2010, the girl killed herself at age 16 as the case was pending, and her mother told District Judge G. Todd Baugh Monday her relationship with Rambold was a “major factor” in her suicide.

 

Baugh handed down the sentence Monday after former Billings Senior High School teacher Rambold, 54, was terminated from a sexual offender treatment program that was part of a deal to have his prosecution deferred. The judge said he wasn’t convinced that the reasons for Rambold’s termination from the program were serious enough to warrant a 10-year prison term recommended by prosecutors.

 

In handing down the sentence, Baugh also said the 14-year-old victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as the teacher. The girl’s mother, Auleia Hanlon, stormed out of the courtroom yelling, “You people suck!,” the Billings-Gazette reported.

 

Baugh told the newspaper Tuesday that he stood by his comments that the victim was a troubled youth who was older than her age when it came to sexual matters. That didn’t make Rambold’s sex with the teen any less of a crime, he said.

 

“Obviously, a 14-year-old can’t consent. I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape,” Baugh told the paper. “It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn’t this forcible beat-up rape.”

 

The victim’s death complicated the case, Baugh said. The prosecution and defense reached an agreement after her death that Rambold would enter sexual-offender treatment.

 

If the former teacher completed treatment and complied with other conditions, the case would have been closed.

 

Rambold was terminated from the program in November when it was learned that he had been having unsupervised visits with minors, who were family members, and did not inform counselors that he had been having sexual relations with a woman.

 

“I think what people are seeing is a sentence for rape of 30 days. Obviously on the face of it, if you look at it that way, it’s crazy,” Baugh said. “No wonder people are upset. I’d be upset, too, if that happened.”

 

The judge’s ruling has drawn fire from advocates, with some calling for a review of the sentence. An online Moveon.org petition for the judge’s resignation has garnered more than 9,000 signatures, and a silent protest was scheduled for Thursday on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn, reports CBS affiliate KTVQ.

 

“As I looked on in disbelief, Judge Baugh stated that our teenage daughter was as much in control of the situation as her teacher was,” Hanlon said in a statement, reports the paper. “She wasn’t even old enough to get a driver’s license. But Judge Baugh, who never met our daughter, justified the paltry sentence saying she was older than her chronological age. I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14.”

 

Hanlon also spoke to KTVQ, saying tearfully, “My faith in the justice system is gone.”

 

Thank you CBS News.

 

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  6. This is beyond upsetting.

  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Seasoned judge?!! WTH??

    • Hello stranger…where have you been because I missed you.

      • Thank you for reblogging this….I am so pissed and disgusted and angry and mad and want to hurt this judge & rapist teacher….I want them both to feel the pain of the 14 year old girl & her mother.

      • I was away this AM …. working on my PR pics. I wrote you yesterday. Saw the movie!!! You didn’t get my message???

      • No Ma’am, no message, I knew you were away for a few days yo said but it’s been months since we spoke….well maybe not months but it felt like months.

      • Been back since Sunday ….. blogging since then. Wrote on one of your posts that I was back and that I saw “The Butler” yesterday.

        Loved it!!

      • Thats strange, I didn’t get that comment on any post. I seriously dislike WP, they have been sending some comments people leave into my spam folder, that might explain your missed comments.

        They have also been unsubscribing me from blogs I am subscribed to, as well.

      • I saw the Butler last Friday evening…beautiful film, beautifully shot & acted.

      • Loved it!!! It was my during my lifetime. I was 7y/o when Cecil started at the WH … 1957.
        Even though I lived in PR … some things came through.
        I didn’t know/fathom/imagine all that “treatment” for the black people!! :-(

      • It still is here right now today.

      • I just can only shake my head, J!!! I can’t understand …. I really can’t.
        We ALL are one!! We all are created equal!!
        I don’t get it!!

      • Join the club. Except I stopped shaking my head years ago.

      • Pessimist? Will it ever change??

      • I’m a pessimistic optimist. Never will it change.

      • :-(
        I’m thinking along those lines ….

      • How was your trip?

  8. Where is our country headed to?? This is a seasoned judge?? WTH??
    Reblog: http://hrexach.wordpress.com/

  9. Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    The fourteen year old who was raped by teacher and committed suicide.

  10. I started this story and now you have picked it up and gone further with the events.I am so glad you followed up. Hugs, Barbara

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