Former Billings High teacher pleads guilty to rape of student who committed suicide

2013-04-15T19:15:00Z 2014-10-03T14:27:43Z Former Billings High teacher pleads guilty to rape of student who committed suicideThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 15, 2013 7:15 pm  • 

BILLINGS — A former Billings Senior High teacher has pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old student who later committed suicide.

Stacey Dean Rambold appeared before District Judge G. Todd Baugh Monday and pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent.

Prosecutors will ask that Rambold be sentenced to 10 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

Rambold was charged in October 2008 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent for contact with the student in 2007.

In February 2010, while the criminal case was pending, the girl killed herself. Prosecutors felt they could not gain a conviction without her testimony, so they negotiated a three-year deferred prosecution agreement that required Rambold complete a sex offender treatment program.

The case was revived in January after prosecutors learned Rambold was terminated from a sex offender treatment program.

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    COMMON SENSE - April 18, 2013 4:56 am
    So let me get this straight, this degenerate rapes a student, is ready to go to trial, the victim tragically takes her own life, no doubt largely because of what she endured, the prosecution gets cold feet and now this slime ball pleads guilty and stands to get only 10 years? Is that the way it works? 1 heinous act + 1 human life = 10 years? I'm not a lawyer or a judge, but doesn't that equation seem to be a little light on JUSTICE? Hopefully when he gets to prison the denizens of the deep will deal out some karma justice. Careful with that soap in the shower there Rambold!
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    mike1 - April 16, 2013 11:27 pm
    Actions by this renegade teacher, causing so much damage, spills over and erases all of the good work done by the vast majority of teachers. It isn't fair at all for the "good" teachers to be lumped into the same category as this guy.
  3. Larry Lewis
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    Larry Lewis - April 16, 2013 10:11 am
    Hang this tripe from the nearest tree.
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