Former Teacher Freed On Rape Charge, Judge Criticized

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A former high school teacher has been released from a prison in Montana after completing a 30-day sentence for rape, handed down by a judge under fire for both the sentence and his remarks about the teen-aged victim.

Fifty-four-year-old Stacey Rambold returned Thursday to his hometown of Billings, where he was seen reporting to the local probation office after completing his term for the 2007 rape of Cherice Moralez.

Rambold will remain on probation for the next 15 years, and has been registered as a low-risk sex offender. He was convicted after violating terms of a deferred prosecution agreement he made after Moralez killed herself in 2010.

Prosecutors are appealing District Judge G. Todd Baugh's sentence. A complaint has been filed by advocates seeking the judge's removal. At a sentencing hearing in August, the judge said the 14-year-old victim seemed "older than her chronological age."

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