Montana Judge Sorry for Language in Rape Verdict

But he defended a 30-day prison sentence for a teacher who admitted to raping his student

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Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh reads a statement apologizing for remarks he made about a 14-year-old girl raped by a teacher in Billings, Mont., on Aug. 28, 2013.

The Montana judge who handed down a light 30-day jail sentence to a teacher who admitted raping his 14 year old student apologized Wednesday for the “stupid” language he used.

Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh had said that the 14-year old victim was “older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” as her teacher, Stacey Dean Rambold.

“It’s not probably the kind of rape most people think about,” he said as he sentenced the teacher. The teenage victim took her own life in 2010.

Baugh apologized for those words Wednesday, the Star Tribune reports, saying that he “fumbled around” and “made some really stupid remarks.” But defended the sentence as appropriate.

A petition demanding Baugh’s resignation already has almost 18,000 signatures, and a protest outside Yellowstone County Courthouse is scheduled for Thursday.

[Star Tribune]


@oliviafierro I read he still feels punishment fit the crime. Not changing 30 day sentence. Bad people on the streets AND on the bench


My daughter received many recruiting letters from the University of Montana. Knowing that the Department of Justice found severe problems with the University's and surrounding municipality's handling of rape cases on campus, I could not help but cynically think: and for what purposes are you recruiting my daughter?

 The attitude exhibited by the judge seems systemic in the people running Montana.


The rapist belongs in jail and the judge should be booted out of office.


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