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Judge Gone Bad: 14-Year-Old Rape Victim Was “as much in control” as 50-Something Rapist–UPDATE

Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, had at least three sexual encounters with student Cherice Morales in 2008. In 2010, the student committed suicide a few weeks before her 17th birthday, The Billings Gazette reported.

Yellowstone County Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Rambold to 15 years prison, with all but only 31 days suspended for sexual intercourse without consent. The judge then gave Rambold credit for one day served, bringing the offender’s total jail time to just 30 days.

Auliea Hanlon, mother to the victim, testified that her daughter’s relationship with Rambold was a large factor in the teen’s suicide. As the sentence was delivered, Hanlon began to scream “You people suck!” before leaving the courtroom.

The judge said victim Morales was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold, according to Time.com.

…Judge Baugh also said victim Morales was “older than her chronological age.”

The same year Rambold was hired as a business teacher for Senior High School in 2004, principal Scott Anderson met with Rambold to discuss allegations that he touched a girl’s thigh and waist. A court affidavit said Anderson told Rambold to “keep his hands off all students” and that anything further would result in a formal investigation, KTVQ reported.

Stacey Rambold, Former Teacher Who Raped Suicidal Student, Gets 30 Days Jail. HuffPo Crime, 8/27/2013.

UPDATE, 8/29/2013

Baugh said he stood by his decision Monday to sentence the former teacher, Stacey Rambold, to 15 years in prison, with all of but 31 days of that term suspended. He gave Rambold credit for one day already served.

Baugh, 71, wrote an apology Wednesday in a letter to the editor to The Billings Gazette. He said his comments were demeaning of all women and not reflective of his beliefs.

The judge later told reporters he was “fumbling around” in court trying to explain his sentence and “made some really stupid remarks.”

“I don’t know how to pass that off. I’m saying I’m sorry and it’s not who I am,” Baugh said. “I deserve to be chastised. I apologize for that.”

Protesters planned a Thursday afternoon rally outside the Yellowstone County Courthouse to demand that Baugh resign. Organizer Sheena Rice said it’s important for the community to show it is not going to stand for victim blaming.

“I’m glad he apologized, but he should have known better as a judge,” Rice said. “The fact that he said it makes me think he still believes it.”

…”She wasn’t even old enough to get a driver’s license. But Judge Baugh, who never met our daughter, justified the paltry sentence saying she was older than her chronological age,” the girl’s mother, Auleia Hanlon, said in a statement to the Gazette after Monday’s sentencing. “I guess somehow it makes a rape more acceptable if you blame the victim, even if she was only 14.”

Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse.

G. Todd Baugh, Montana Judge Apologizes For Comments About Teen Rape Victim. HuffPo Crime, 8/29/2013.

This disgusting bastard should lose his job. He favored some dumbass, old-ass “thinking” over the law. Go look up “patriarchy” then watch But I’m a Nice Guy.

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