Teacher Gets 30 Day Prison Sentence For Sexual Assault
A mother in Montana is outraged that a high school teacher who admitted raping her 14-year-old daughter received only a month in prison, while her daughter took her own life.
Via CNN reports:
“I think this sentence is a joke, a travesty,” the mother, Auliea Hanlon, told CNN on Tuesday night, a day after the sentencing.
“People will lose faith in our justice system. I have.”
Hanlon said she was particularly upset that the sentencing judge, G. Todd Baugh, said her daughter “seemed older than her chronological age” and was “as much in control of the situation” as the teacher.
Baugh later acknowledged to CNN that “that was not the best choice of words.”
“As a result of the sexual assault and its aftermath, (the teen) experienced severe emotional distress, humiliation and embarrassment and fell into irreversible depression that tragically led to her taking her own life on February 6, 2010,” Hanlon said in a complaint filed against Rambold.
Hanlon told CNN the relationship was to blame for her daughter’s death.
“Well it definitely had something to do with it,” she said. “A teenager’s whole life is about school and their friends, and he turned everyone against her.”
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.
The reason we have laws to protect children is because their minds and bodies are not fully developed. Therefore they can make decisions that are not always in their best interests. A 14 year old girl, no matter how mature she looked and acted, is still a child. The idea that she can consent is ridiculous.