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Teacher Gets 30 Days for Raping 14-year-old

August 29, 2013

A Montana teacher who raped a 14-year-old student who later killed herself has been sentenced to just 30 days in jail, according to US media reports Wednesday.

Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, pleaded guilty to one charge of sexual intercourse without consent, and the judge imposed the light sentence after commenting that the victim seemed "older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher.

The incident occurred in 2008 when the victim was 14 and the teacher was 49. The victim committed suicide some three years later as the case wound its way through the legal system.

"I think this sentence is a joke, a travesty," the victim's Auliea Hanlon, told CNN. "People will lose faith in our justice system. I have."

Source: Copyright Deutsche Presse-Agentur ??? Engl 2013

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