Crime Watch

Jan 8, 2013 6:36 PM by Q2 News

Trial date set for teacher accused of rape

BILLINGS - A former Billings Senior High School teacher accused of raping a student is now headed to trial.

Tuesday, District Court Judge Todd Baugh set an April 22 trial date for 53-year-old Stacey Rambold.

Rambold allegedly had sexual relations with a 14-year-old female student in 2007.

One year later Rambold was charged with three felony counts and resigned from his School District #2 teaching position.

While the case was pending in the court system the female victim took her own life.

In a plea bargain with prosecutors, Rambold agreed to a deferred prosecution to the criminal charges that would allow for the felony counts to be removed from his record provided he complete several conditions of his release.

One of those conditions was entering and passing sexual offender treatment.

This past month, prosecutors learned Rambold was terminated from the treatment program and as a result the Yellowstone County Attorney's office is now taking his case to trial.

This past Fall, School District #2 reached a $92,000 wrongful death settlement with the girl's family.

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