I can’t believe teachers and coaches these days. I live in northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio and it seems that at least once or twice a month I hear about another teacher or coach being arrested for having sex with underaged students. In one case locally, a female teacher was convicted of having a sex and alcohol party for a number of male high school students and she provided the alcohol and the sex.
With as many of them getting caught, you would think that teachers would be smart enough to avoid getting themselves into these situations. Some of them have said that it was the student’s fault for enticing them into it. Such is the case of a high school teacher in Montana.
In 2007, Stacey Rambold, 54, was a teacher at Billings High School in Billings, Montana. He was charged with raping a 14 year old student by the name of Cherice Moralez. The incident affected Moralez so much that in 2010, before Rambold’s trial for raping her ever made it to court, she committed suicide.
Rambold admitted to the rape as part of plea agreement. He was ordered to complete a three year sex offender treatment program, but was kicked out for numerous violations. Prosecutors then refilled the rape charges against him. Finally, in August of this year, Rambold faced a judge for sentencing in the case. District Judge G. Todd Baugh then did the unthinkable, when he sentenced Rambold to 15 years in prison, but then said he only had to serve 30 days. At the time, Baugh stated that Moralez appeared ‘older than her chronological age,’ placing much of the blame on the victim, rather than the perpetrator.
Family and friends were outraged at Baugh’s sentence and his comment. Moralez’s mom commented:
“I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14."
After enough public outrage, Baugh wrote a letter to the local newspaper apologizing for his comment, saying:
“In the Rambold sentencing, I made references to the victim’s age and control. I’m not sure just what I was attempting to say, but it did not come out correct.”
“What I said is demeaning of all women, not what I believe and irrelevant to the sentencing. My apologies to all my fellow citizens.”
Judge Baugh may have apologized for his comment, but has said or done nothing about the sentence he gave Rambold. On Thursday of this week, Rambold walked out of prison having served only 30 days of a 15 year sentence for raping Charice Moralez which led her to take her own life.
Tim Fox, Montana Attorney General filed an appeal the state Supreme Court to overturn the 30 day sentence, but it was not in time to keep Rambold from walking out of prison a free man. Hopefully the state’s high court will hear the appeal as soon as possible and overturn it, sending Rambold back to prison for the remainder of the 15 years.
But what kind of message is this sending to potential sex offenders in the Billings area? All they have to do is say that the minor looked and acted older and incited them to do it. Judge Baugh basically declared opened season on young girls in the area and for that, he needs to be removed from the bench immediately!