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Judge Explains Rape Sentence

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

A District Judge speaks out about the decision behind a sentence of 31 days in prison for the teacher who raped a high school student, a 14-year-old who later committed suicide.

Stacey Rambold is a former Senior High teacher who raped the teen girl back in 2007.

Judge G. Todd Baugh says Rambold was kicked out of a sex offender treatment program because of two minor violations. He says the violations are Rambold interacted with his nieces and nephews in a family setting and did not talk about his relationships with adult women in group sessions.

After leaving the treatment program in Billings, Rambold started treatment with another doctor in Bozeman. A doctor testified in court yesterday that Rambold is a low-risk to society.

In his decision, the judge said the victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher.

The mother of the student who was raped says the judge blaming a 14-year-old victim is not the way it should be.

"I was horrified," said Auliea Hanlon, the victim's mother. "I don't believe in justice any more. And I don't believe in justice any more. There is a statement prepared. It pretty much says it all. It was a joke."

The County Attorney's office also is responding. Scott Twito said, "we always respect the judge's decision, but in the end we disagree with the sentence that was imposed."

After Monday's sentencing, Rambold will spend the next 15 years on probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

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