August 28th, 2013
03:11 AM ET

Girl raped, kills self; rapist gets 30 days

A mother in Montana is outraged that a high school teacher convicted of raping her 14-year-old daughter received only a month in prison - while her daughter took her own life.

"I think this sentence is a joke, a travesty," the mother, Auliea Hanlon, told CNN on Tuesday night, a day after the sentencing.

"People will lose faith in our justice system. I have."

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The local newspaper there, has all the details. Please CNN, don't take offense here. America just wants to see justice served.

    August 28, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Hey @ JF, whats the name of that newspaper? If they'll allow you to post it that is?

    August 28, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    And nevermind @ JF, i found it. Billings Gazette if anyone else is interested.

    August 28, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    The judge's comment that she "seemed older than her age" is ridiculous in light of the fact that she was a student at his school. Is the judge implying that the perp was not aware of her age? I don't think it's too much to ask a judge to pay attention to the evidence.

    August 28, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    And @ BOMBO, how about if the judge just follow the LAW? The law states she was a minor. It doesn't state she may not be a minor if she seems mature for her age!

    August 28, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol @ BOMBO, Maybe you should move to the states and run for office here? You would be a damn sight better than what we currently have for sure! You would have my vote.

    August 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank

    Chrissy: Yeah Billings Gazette. They said with an aire of certainty, this whole fiasco is not over yet.

    August 29, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    I don't feel like doing my own research. Maybe someone can answer. Can you appeal for a harsher sentence in the US? Obviously double jeopardy applies to a not guilty verdict, but some countries do have reviews of sentences by appeals courts and can extend sentences.

    August 29, 2013 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank

    Don't hold me to this Bombo as I'm far from expert at this, but in the State of Montana, the Montana Supreme Court "serves as" Montana's Appellate Court. Having said that, if in Montana a decision is made to review a case in the lower criminal court, an appeal can be filed with Montanas' Supreme Court to be handled for due process.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank

    Good night.πŸ™‚

    August 29, 2013 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank

      P.S. Oh yeah. Lets not forget the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which includes Montana. Night :O

      August 29, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jennifer Rubin

    This is wholly an abomination. This sentence, and the judge who passed it, needs to be revisited.

    August 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    I am just wondering if this "judge", since he gives light sentences to perps and pediphiles is one himself? With his initial comments in court, it seems he looked at this young lady as "older", offering a response a perpertrator would have offered.

    August 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. galan

    I think our kids have no race, their race is their generation. there is no justice in this rock (or called the earth).
    The old man call him as u wish (he is out dated) he live the irone age and he can not jude this case, he should be retired and his mental haelthy is douted because he lives old dreams not american dream1
    Obama has to intervent as he did Travon Martin case, this two cases are simliar and the justic is abused and hurted peaceful famillies. this case should go to humain rights court. It is not acceptable such thing to happen in modern world.
    If no one does happen the justice we will bring this case in humain court! and both the jude and the crininal will be hunted for ever.

    Hoping peace with this child and her familly, we are and we will be with you for your peacefull journy to justic, the whole should be with you, my condolenece.

    August 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leland

    I would like to know what that judge was thinking. Children rappest should never be
    Allowed to be around kids. The judge and the teacher should both hung up by the
    Balls and torchered to That child didnt deserve that and no child dose. He should never be allowed to teach again and his but should be in prision. They should also have to pay for that poor child funeral expencives

    September 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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