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San Francisco - A teacher who was sentenced to just 31 days in jail for raping his 14-year-old student was released from custody on Thursday despite protests from family and friends of the victim, the Billings Gazette reported.
The light sentence for teacher Stacey Rambold, 54, sparked nationwide outrage and calls for the ousting of the sentencing judge, who had said that the victim was “older than her chronological age” and bore responsibility for her rape.
The girl committed suicide in 2010, three years after the rape occurred.
More than 58 500 people had signed an online petition that demanded the resignation of Judge Todd Baugh, who imposed Rambold's sentence of 15 years in prison with all but 31 days suspended.
“I think we have a sentence that was wrong. The judge needs to be removed,” said Marian Bradley, president of the Montana National Organisation for Women. “We live in this victim-blaming rape culture, and it is prevalent and it is crazy, and it is driving so many young women to suicide.”