Stacey Rambold stands in the courtroom Monday in Billings, Mont., after sentencing by Judge G. Todd Baugh.(Photo: Paul Ruhter, Billings (Mont.) Gazette)
BILLINGS, Mont. -- A former Montana high school teacher due to be released Thursday after serving a 30-day prison sentence for raping a 14-year-old student is "still skating" justice six years after the assault, the victim's mother said.
Stacey Rambold, 54, will leave the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge after completing the term handed down by District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings last month for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez.
The sentence drew protests for being too lenient and outrage over comments the judge made that appeared to pin some of the blame on Moralez.
Tears streamed down Auliea Hanlon's face as she described the emotions that have at times overwhelmed her since a church counselor her daughter confided in first told Hanlon about the rape. Moralez committed suicide in 2010 before Rambold went to trial.