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.