In August you might have read about Stacey Dean Rambold, the teacher who received a 30-day sentence after raping an underage student who later committed suicide. You might have signed this Change.org petition, or this Moveon.org petition calling for the Judge who issued the ruling — the same judge who said the victim was "older than her age" and "in control of the situation" — to step down.
Today, Rambold's 30 days were up and he walked free.
Rambold was released around 9:30 a.m., the Billings Gazette reports.
Four hours later, at around 1:30 p.m., Rambold arrived at the state Probation and Parole office in Billings. He met with a probation officer who will monitor his behavior until 2028 and will be required to register with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office as a sex offender.
"It came very quickly," says the victim's mother. "It seems like yesterday he went in."
Montana State Prison spokeswoman Linda Moody says that Rambold served his time without incident; there is no record of any disciplinary action at the prison involving Rambold, says Moody.
His 30-day sentence may be over, but the controversy surrounding it is not.
Prosecuting attorneys argue the relevant statute was "misapplied and the minimum sentence that could be imposed in Rambold's case was two years." They are weighing a possible appeal of the case.
Additionally, on Tuesday, the Montana and Pennsylvania divisions of the National Organization of Women filed a complaint with a judicial review board on behalf of the more than 140,000 who signed petitions against the sentence. Members of Montana NOW were joined by UltraViolet, a national anti-sexism group, and together they submitted the formal complaint at noon today.