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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Filed under: Courts • Justice • Montana • U.S.
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  1. saywhat

    As for this article, rape everywhere is an ordeal for the victim after being dehumanized during the act itself. This is an oft repeated story ,yes even in our 'civilized' society. Most we don't even hear about and others would go unreported.
    I do hope this poor girl's family has a legal recourse.

    August 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    comments on the issue blocked.

    August 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    And @Jeff this is hardly a 'communist' network, its a controlled news network. The likes of Murdoch are as far removed from communism as say a Trump.

    August 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julio

      I think the gist of the "communist" jab is that this network is barely news at all. Journalism is objective factual presentation of developing stories. This network, with record low ratings, is more of a confirmation-bias business, feeding it's audience what it wants, thereby favorably depicting leftist or "communist" positions and suppressing facts unfavorable to the pro left narrative. Similarly, this blog's moderator cherry-picks supporting posts and deletes critical posts.

      August 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I don't know all the details of this case. Sometimes court decisions are just, even though they may appear to be unjust from a distant viewpoint.

    August 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Jiminez

      It's all about the judge here. He has a long history of going easy on rapists. He has been elected five times and was uncontested in all five races. I think his days are numbered in light of the media attention tho and thank G O D!

      August 28, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I do not know where in the United States a 30 day sentence for raping a 14 year old girl would ever be considered "just". It isn't. It's barbaric. It's a slap in the face to this poor child's family.

      August 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    @ saywhat most likely the latter part of your post and not a glitch. But cnn isn't oblivious to this as ive posted "its" name often enough. Same "it" posing as me @ 12:48!

    August 28, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Awaiting moderation? That figures. Cnn doesnt want everyone to know they employ the troll.

    August 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Later banasy, saywhat, chrissy, scottish mama, and others, and of course last but not least CNN. Got things to do, places to go, people to see. Good afternoon to y'all

    August 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Not me @ 1:08!!!!! Don't blame ya @ Jeff Frank! Have a nice day. And me too, this way boring. Cya tomorrow.

    August 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tino

    Oh yea moriandy. How much will this con cost me?

    August 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    objective journalism has been missing from our main stream media for some time now be it Fox (Faux) News or CNN.
    Have a good one all.

    August 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Aaron Hernandez

    How are we doing CNN? Just checking.

    August 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Blogs are not journalism. They should never be construes AS journalism.
    In this world of quick in-your-face-have-to-know-it-now sound bites, journalism has gone by the wayside and morphed into entertainment. Such is our ADD society.

    August 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I looked this up. In Montana. Se_ual int_rco_rse with someone under age 16. Life imprisonment or between two and 100 years. If the victim if under age 16 and the offender is at least three years older, life imprisonment or four to 100 yearsFive years to life in prison.Montana § 45-5-501 et seq..

    August 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wow. Then this isn't even a typical sentence that can be changed via legislation.
      This is truly reprehensible.

      August 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vikingwoman

    Something needs to be done about this judge, who basically stated that the victim looked older than 14 & should've made better choices! A 14 yr old girl can't defend herself from a 48 yr old woman who's preying on her & "grooming" her for s.exual conquest! 30 day's for statutory r.ape, that resulted in this child taking her own life, is a Travesty!!

    August 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. vikingwoman

    Sorry, that should of course have read "48 yr old Man"!!

    August 28, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
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