Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, had at least three sexual encounters with student Cherice Morales in 2008. In 2010, the student committed suicide a few weeks before her 17th birthday, The Billings Gazette reported.
Yellowstone County Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Rambold to 15 years prison, with all but only 31 days suspended for sexual intercourse without consent. The judge then gave Rambold credit for one day served, bringing the offender’s total jail time to just 30 days.
Auliea Hanlon, mother to the victim, testified that her daughter’s relationship with Rambold was a large factor in the teen’s suicide. As the sentence was delivered, Hanlon began to scream “You people suck!” before leaving the courtroom.
The judge said victim Morales was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold, according to Time.com.
…Judge Baugh also said victim Morales was “older than her chronological age.”
The same year Rambold was hired as a business teacher for Senior High School in 2004, principal Scott Anderson met with Rambold to discuss allegations that he touched a girl’s thigh and waist. A court affidavit said Anderson told Rambold to “keep his hands off all students” and that anything further would result in a formal investigation, KTVQ reported.
Stacey Rambold, Former Teacher Who Raped Suicidal Student, Gets 30 Days Jail. HuffPo Crime, 8/27/2013.
Baugh said he stood by his decision Monday to sentence the former teacher, Stacey Rambold, to 15 years in prison, with all of but 31 days of that term suspended. He gave Rambold credit for one day already served.
Baugh, 71, wrote an apology Wednesday in a letter to the editor to The Billings Gazette. He said his comments were demeaning of all women and not reflective of his beliefs.
The judge later told reporters he was “fumbling around” in court trying to explain his sentence and “made some really stupid remarks.”
“I don’t know how to pass that off. I’m saying I’m sorry and it’s not who I am,” Baugh said. “I deserve to be chastised. I apologize for that.”
Protesters planned a Thursday afternoon rally outside the Yellowstone County Courthouse to demand that Baugh resign. Organizer Sheena Rice said 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.”
…”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,” the girl’s mother, Auleia Hanlon, said in a statement to the Gazette after Monday’s sentencing. “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.
G. Todd Baugh, Montana Judge Apologizes For Comments About Teen Rape Victim. HuffPo Crime, 8/29/2013.
“One of the boys, as will happen with high school seniors, had his cellphone with him,” said the prosecutor, Elizabeth Beach. “And decided that this would be a good thing to get a clip of.”
The alleged video was played for members of the jury, and Colleps looked away during parts of the screening. The cellphone video did not show Colleps’ face, The Star-Telegram reported . The paper reported that the video showed a woman’s back while engaging in intercourse with at least two students with others in the room.
A student pointed out a distinctive tattoo on the teacher’s lower back.
alternate title: Teacher in Student Four-Way Outed by Tramp Stamp
Texas jury sees video of teacher allegedly having sex with 4 students. Fox News, 8/15/12.
Waguespack left his iPad at Walmart and on April 1, through an application on his iPhone, tracked the tablet computer to a house on West Minnesota Avenue. Waguespack called police to help him recover the iPad at the home.
The person who found the iPad told police she found nude pictures of girls saved on it and the investigation began.
According to the arrest report, Waguespack hid three pen cameras on metal shelves inside his classroom’s storage closet and recorded girls, ages 12 and 13, undressing, DeLand police said.
Police: DeLand Catholic school teacher made videos of students undressing. The Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal/news-journalonline.com. 4/28/12.
Both have been arrested and face charges, of different types. Lopez, 32, is accused of having sex with boys aged 14 and 13, but it is not clear if they were her students at the time, so the charge is aggravated sexual assault of a minor. Linder, 25, faces two counts of an improper relationship between an educator and a student and two counts of enticing a child. Her victims were aged 16 and 17.
Shelley Linder & Holly Lopez: Two More Teachers Accused of Sexing Up Students, HoustonPress Blog (TX), 3/16/12