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Teacher Receives 30 Days In Jail After Raping 14-Year-Old Student

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Teacher Receives 30 Days In Jail After Raping 14-Year-Old Student
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Sometimes bad things happen, like forgetting your umbrella on a rainy day or stubbing your toe on the coffee table. Those kinds of bad things suck, but we, as the resilient species we are, tend to get over them rather quickly. Sometimes, worse things happen, like a close friend or family member passing away. These things are much harder to get over, but, again, we are a hard-working species, and we are, typically, able to power through such tragedies. But, sometimes, terrible things happen. Terrible things that simply should never happen on the grounds of how awful they are. And, sometimes, those things aren’t possible to get over. They linger, like festering wounds, and we are left to wonder; why did this happen? What, in our society, makes way for such terrible things to take place? The subject matter of this article is one such terrible thing.

Stacey Dean Rambold was a senior high school teacher in Montana who, in 2008, was discovered to be a rapist; he, a then-49-year-old man, had been pursuing a sexual relationship with one of his students, Cherice Morale, who was 14 years old at the time. Rambold originally plead guilty to a single felony charge, and was then charged with three counts of “sexual intercourse without consent.” Or, you know, what it’s actually called; rape. While the charges were pending and before anything else could happen, however, Cherice took her own life.

Cherice’s death threw a wrench into the prosecution, and in 2010, Rambold entered into an agreement that would put the case on hold for three years. The agreement also stated that all charges would be dropped on the condition that Rambold complete a sex offender treatment program. Rambold never completed this program; in fact, he was terminated from it after reportedly missing multiple meetings, engaging in sexual relations with a woman without telling his counselors, and being in the presence of minors with no supervision. Rambold’s termination caused the case to re-open and the charges to become threatening once more. In a just world, I would be able to end this article by telling you that Rambold is being locked away for a long time so that he will never be able to do something like this again. Unfortunately, this world is not just, and that is not what happened.

Rambold will only have to serve thirty days in jail. This man, who was in a position of power over a girl barely over the edge of adolescence, who raped the said girl, which eventually became a “major factor” in her suicide, according to her mother, will only have to serve thirty days behind bars.

The logic behind the sentence, according to Rambold’s attorney, Jay Lansing, is a mutli-part feature full of victim blaming and general idiocy. Lansing asked the judge to “consider how he’s been punished to this point,” considering that Lansing had lost his job and marriage, had been “bullied” on the internet because of the case, and that Cherice was “just as much in control of the situation” and “older than her chronological age.” You can’t make these things up, people. This actual attorney’s actual defense of an actual rapist of an actual 14-year-old girl was that she looked kinda old for her age and that, hey, she could have stopped it, too! Rape victims are always in control to the stop the situation, duh!

The case is set to be reviewed, but the chances of anything changing look slim.

As Timothy Geigner over at TechDirt perhaps best puts it, “The internet can be a cruel world, but it isn’t as cruel as a teacher raping a 14-year-old girl. It just isn’t.”

Image courtesy of this video from CNN.

Teacher Receives 30 Days In Jail After Raping 14-Year-Old Student
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  • Hmmm

    There is more to this story than the way the author of this story portrayed it. This wasn’t a forcible rape and she did portray herself as much older. The relationship was a consensual one.

    We have teenagers killing people at random, having sex all the time, selling drugs, drinking, stealing, using steroids, girls who purposely go after older men, etc. The list goes on and on. We see it all the time. Heck, in fact, this very website had an article on this a few days ago. The evidence is all around us that our kids aren’t kids anymore. They are not the innocent teenagers of the 1950′s. Yet, we continually make excuses for their actions and we always say that they do not know what they are doing or that they are too young to know what they are doing.

    However, the standards for men and women are completely different in this country.

    There is a teenage boy in my town who just received a 35 year sentence when he shot his best friend over a girl. Apparently, he was capable of knowing what he was doing and he will be living a nightmare for three decades —- that is if he isn’t killed in prison or commits suicide. He simply was held responsible for his decisions.

    Yet, if a teenage girl purposely goes after an older guy, she is apparently not capable of doing that. She is never responsible for her decisions. We also see this double standard in cases involving women teachers. We have many women who are teachers that sleep with their students and even get pregnant by them — yet they don’t spend one day in jail or if they do spend time in jail — their sentences are 1/20th what a man’s would be and many are never labeled as sex offenders.

    I understand the horrors of rape. I truly do. However, if a teenage guy is held responsible for his decision making then a teenage girl should be held responsible for her decision making. Also, lets be realistic. We all see that teenagers look much older than they are and we know they are extremely sexual. We know they are doing everything adults are doing. Are we really so naive to think that teenagers are not freely choosing to go after older people? Really?

  • Reality

    I know a man who received a 30 year sentence after he went to meet a person he was talking to on the internet. The person he was talking to pursued him for over a year and invited him 5 times to meet. He turned town the first 4 invitations and simply agreed to meet on the 5th. It turned out the “victim” were two 50 year-old women from a vigilante group. Women with a history of mental illness and who were actually under police investigation for criminal activities.

    He was arrested after he stepped out of his car. He never saw a person and literally nothing happened. Prior to this, he never had an incident with the law. Frankly, he has never harmed a soul in his life. Now his life is totally ruined.

    It is funny. I never have met a victim that pursues their attacker for a year and then invites the attacker to meet.

    Please don’t talk about how life is not fair. We have men serving prison time for crimes against people who do not even exist.

  • http://webpronews.com Jen

    How can anyone say a 14 year old can be held responsible for the actions of her teacher? He is the adult, he took advantage of his position and raped his student. I am seriously shocked at the responses to this article, when did it become ok for a teacher to rape his student? She is gone and can not defend herself, remember there are 3 sides; hers, his, then between the 2, the truth! As a mother of a daughter in high school, I see how much teens want to be liked and accepted by their peers and their teachers! Teens should be able to go to school and feel safe with their teachers.
    There are unjust incarcerations, however his lack of incarceration is appallingly unjust! His attorney said he lost his job, his marriage and that he has suffered, really? She took her own life, that’s how much she was suffering! Her family won’t see their daughter grow up! They are suffering a heart wrenching pain no parent / no one should experience, losing a daughter to suicide!
    I believe she deserves justice, he should be given a real punishment, not a slap on the hand!
    My heart goes out to the families!

  • http://webpronews.com Jen

    How can anyone say a 14 year old can be held responsible for the actions of her teacher? He is the adult, he took advantage of his position and raped his student. I am seriously shocked at the responses to this article, when did it become ok for a teacher to rape his student? She is gone and can not defend herself, remember there are 3 sides; hers, his, then between the 2, the truth! As a mother of a daughter in high school, I see how much teens want to be liked and accepted by their peers and their teachers! Teens should be able to go to school and feel safe with their teachers.
    There are unjust incarcerations, however his lack of incarceration is appallingly unjust! His attorney said he lost his job, his marriage and that he has suffered, really? She took her own life, that’s how much she was suffering! Her family won’t see their daughter grow up! They are suffering a heart wrenching pain no parent / no one should experience, losing a daughter to suicide!
    I believe she deserves justice, he should be given a real punishment, not a slap on the hand!
    My heart goes out to the families!

    • http://yahoo jimmie roan

      I agree completely, some justice could be had if some reporter would publish his picture and where he is living at the moment and keep it active. wouldn’t hurt to publish the real names and addresses of the commenters on here that think it was equally her fault. it is embarrassing to know we live around people that actually agree with his side, especially since he didn’t deny it.