That is what Auleia Hanlon shouted at the courtroom when her now-deceased daughter’s rapist was sentenced to a laughable 30 days in jail.
Chief Deputy County Attorney Rod Souza had asked the judge to order Rambold to serve 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended.
Souza said Rambold targeted a troubled young girl and violated his position of trust as a teacher by engaging in a sexual relationship with a student.
Rambold pleaded guilty to the single felony charge in April in a case that began in 2008, when school officials and police first learned of the sexual relationship between Rambold and the girl, Cherice Morales.
Rambold was placed on paid leave in April of that year and resigned from his teaching job three months later. He also surrendered his teaching certificate.
In October 2008, prosecutors charged Rambold with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent, alleging that the then-49-year-old man had an ongoing sexual relationship with Morales, who was 14 at the time.
While the case was pending, and a few weeks before her 17th birthday, Morales took her own life.
And, it seems that the prosecution needed her alive, so effectively, her suicide got Rambold out of a lot of prison time. Nice, isn’t it? He was ordered to complete a sex offender treatment program, among other conditions, and if he honored those terms, the charges would be dismissed.
Problems arose last August, Sullivan said, when Rambold began missing meetings. After meeting with Rambold, Sullivan said, the man appeared to be back on track with his treatment.
But he was terminated from the program in November, when it was learned that he had been having unsupervised visits with minors and had not informed his counselors that he had been having sexual relations with a woman.
The violations were serious enough when taken together to kick Rambold out of the program, although it was learned that the minors Rambold was visiting were family members.
While it’s possible that the unsupervised visits with minor family members were totally innocent, that they’re family members doesn’t mean concerns are unwarranted. Abuse of children and teens by family members is common is dirt. If he really wanted to prove to the justice system that he wasn’t a sexual predator, he could’ve avoided unsupervised visits until he finished the program in good standing.
Then this happened:
Rambold’s attorney, Jay Lansing, argued Monday for the suspended sentence. He said Rambold lost his career, his marriage and his home and has suffered a “scarlet letter of the Internet” as a result of publicity about the case.
You know, dude’s an attorney and he’s just doing his job, but that “scarlet letter of the Internet” bit is too funny to ignore. Are people saying mean things online about this guy because they heard he raped a girl? Like, how they frequently do to teenage girls who’ve been sexually abused by guys with cellphone cameras?
The judge says Rambold’s violations of the treatment program were not serious enough to warrant a long prison term. That’s debatable, in my uneducated opinion, but it’s not JUST a question of how severely we’re supposed to punish a guy for having unsupervised visits with teenage relatives. No, it’s also about minimizing the harm of the initial offense:
Baugh said he listened to recorded statements given by Morales before her death and believes that while she was a troubled youth, she was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold.
The judge also said Morales was “older than her chronological age.”
Even though Rambold was more than three times her age, and her teacher, Cherice Morales was totally in control of the situation just as much as he. Yeah. That she committed suicide while the case was still pending is totally a coincidence. And “older than her chronological age” totally makes sense. A girl who’s been on Earth for fourteen years is actually older than fourteen, because Judge Baugh says so. Of course.
It’s not like Rambold can say he mistakenly believed his victim was of legal age, as she was his student. This isn’t about what the abuser supposedly thought. This is a statement of what kind of victim she was. We are to believe that the “ongoing sexual relationship” was not that big a deal because Cherice wasn’t that innocent, anyway.