April trial date set in teacher rape case
A former Billings Senior High teacher faces an April 22 trial on charges that he raped a student who later committed suicide.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh set the trial date for Stacey Dean Rambold. Prosecutors allege 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 contact with a 14-year-old student earlier in 2007.
In February 2010, while the criminal case was still pending, the girl killed herself. Prosecutors felt they could not gain a conviction without the girl's testimony, so they negotiated a three-year deferred prosecution agreement that required Rambold complete a sex offender treatment program.