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WHITTLED DOWN

She Killed Herself; He Got 30 Days for Rape

Her teacher originally had 15-year sentence.

Stacey Rambold, a 54-year-old Montana teacher who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old student, had a judge reduce his sentence from 15 years to just 30 days. Rambold first pleaded guilty of having a sexual relationship with Cherice Morales in 2008. But three years later, when she was 17, Morales killed herself. The county’s attorney’s office made an agreement with Rambold: they would put the case on hold for three years and dismiss the charges if he completed a sex-offender treatment program. But prosecutors brought up the case again when they found out he was suspended from the program. Rambold’s attorney says his client is in a different treatment program, and “an evaluation found that he is a low risk to reoffend and could be treated in the community,” according to the Billings Gazette. After the ruling, Morales’s mother repeatedly yelled, “You people suck!”

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