BILLINGS, Mont. — A former high school teacher who served one month in prison after being convicted of raping a 14-year-old student faces more time behind bars after the Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that his original sentence was too short.
Justices unanimously ordered the case of Stacey Dean Rambold assigned to a new judge for re-sentencing.
The decision means Rambold must serve a minimum of two years in prison under state sentencing laws, Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said.
The high court cited, in part, comments of the sentencing judge, District Judge G. Todd Baugh, who drew condemnation for suggesting that the victim shared responsibility for her rape.
Baugh said during Rambold's sentencing in August that the teen was "probably as much in control of the situation as the defendant."
Rambold was released after fulfilling the sentence and is expected to remain free pending his reappearance in court.
. The rape occurred in 2007. The victim, one of his students, killed herself in 2010 while Rambold was awaiting trial.