Outrage Builds Over 30-Day Jail Sentence For Teacher Who Raped Student

Outrage Builds Over 30-Day Jail Sentence For Teacher Who Raped StudentHundreds of protesters are expected to converge at the Billings, Montana, county courthouse Thursday, to express their outrage over what they call a lenient sentence for a man who admitted raping a 14-year-old girl.

‘Committed suicide’

The case began in 2008 when the teen was a student at Billings Senior High School and Stacey Dean Rambold was a teacher. She was 14 at the time; he was 49. The mother, Auliea Hanlon, claims Rambold’s “pre-sexual grooming” of her daughter led to the pair having sex.

School officials learned of the relationship, and Rambold resigned. Later that year, authorities charged Rambold with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent. As the case wound its way through the legal system, the girl committed suicide. She was a few weeks shy of her 17th birthday. Hanlon told CNN the relationship was to blame for her daughter’s death.

With the teen’s death, the prosecution entered into what is known as a “deferred prosecution agreement” with Rambold. This meant that all charges against Rambold would be dismissed if he completed a sex offender treatment program and met other requirements. But Rambold fell short of the agreement. As a result, the case was revived in December 2012.


‘Troubled young girl’

Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh ruled that Rambold’s infractions weren’t serious enough. He sentenced Rambold to 15 years in prison. Then, he suspended all but 31 days of the sentence, according to the Yellowstone County District Court. In addition, the judge gave him credit for one day he spent in jail.

“She seemed older than her chronological age,” he said. “Basically what we had was a troubled young girl.” He added, “I simply did not have the evidence to conclude that her taking her life was because of her sexual offense by Mr. Rambold.”

The Montana Organization of Women started a petition calling on the judge to resign.

Do you approve of the 30-day jail sentence for Stacey Dean Rambold? Who is to blame for the suicide of the teen victim?

Source: Paul Vercammen | CNN

Image: Billings Gazette

Chris Lane Shooting Prompts Australians To Call For U.S. Boycott

Chris Lane Shooting Prompts Australians To Call For U.S. BoycottThe indiscriminate shooting of Christopher Lane, a 23-year-old Australian who was living his dream of studying in the United States on a baseball scholarship, has repulsed many in his home country and led to calls for Australian tourists to boycott the United States.

‘Murder mayhem’

“It is another example of murder mayhem on Main Street,” former Australian deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer told CNN’s Piers Morgan. ”People thinking of going to the USA for business or tourist trips should think carefully about it given the statistical fact you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia per capita per million people.”

Police said Lane was on one of his regular runs through what has been described as the affluent town of Duncan, Oklahoma on Friday about 3 p.m. when a car carrying three teenagers drove up behind him.


‘Indiscriminate nature’

“They pulled up behind him and shot him in the back, then sped away,” said Capt. Jay Evans of the Duncan Police Department. “It could have been anybody — it was such a random act.”

It was the indiscriminate nature of the attack that has shocked many in Australia. Late Wednesday, a Facebook page set up in Lane’s honor, R.I.P Christopher Lane, had more than 62,000 followers, many of whom described his murder as senseless and tragic.

On Tuesday, three teenagers appeared in court charged over the attack, which came one day before they were due to return to school.

What is the reason behind the escalating number of senseless shootings in the United States? Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions regarding this issue.

Source: Hillary Whiteman | CNN

Image: ABC News