Trial date set for former teacher accused of rape

2013-01-08T16:58:00Z 2014-04-30T10:18:35Z Trial date set for former teacher accused of rapeGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh has set an April 22 trial date for a former Senior High teacher accused of raping a student who later committed suicide.

Baugh set the trial at the request of prosecutors, who say the former teacher, Stacey Dean Rambold, violated a deferred-prosecution agreement by being terminated from a sex offender treatment program.

Rambold was charged in October 2008 with three counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent for incidents involving a then-14-year-old student, Cherice Moralez.

The allegations surfaced earlier that year, and Rambold was first placed on leave and then resigned his teaching position at Senior High School.

In February 2010, while the criminal case was pending and a few weeks before her 17th birthday, Moralez took her own life. The family later settled a wrongful-death lawsuit against the school district for $91,000.

After the girl's death, prosecutors and Rambold reached the deferred-prosecution agreement, which stated that the charges would be dismissed in three years if Rambold completed several requirements, including completion of a sex offender treatment program.  

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