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Topic - G. Todd Baugh
A Montana judge under fire for commenting that a 14-year-old rape victim appeared older than her true age says he deserves to be censured but not removed from the bench for his remarks.
The Montana attorney general's office on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to throw out a 30-day sentence given to a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl, saying the punishment was illegally lenient.
A judge who caused a double-whammy outcry when he sentenced a former teacher to 30 days for raping a teen girl and then justified the short jail term by seeming to blame the 14-year-old for the crime is now reconsidering his ruling.
Cherice Moralez, a 14-year-old girl in Montana, recently committed suicide after being raped by her teacher. In sentencing her abuser to a mere 30 days in jail, state District Judge G. Todd Baugh explained that Cherice was a "troubled youth" and was "as much in control of her situation" as teacher Stacey Rambold was.
A Billings, Mont., judge is defending his decision this week to sentence a former high school teacher to only 30 days in jail after he raped a student several times who later killed herself.
A former teacher who pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old student who later killed herself has been sentenced to 30 days in jail by a Billings, Mont., judge.
Baugh told The Associated Press the comments violated judicial ethics rules by failing to promote public confidence in the courts.
And he said he has no immediate plans to resign in the face of formal complaints filed by rape victim advocates.