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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.
"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, Burberry Bridle Handbag
"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."
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.
"My thought was, given the relatively minor violations in the sex offender treatment program, it didn't seem appropriate to put him in jail, put him in prison" for a longer time, Baugh said. "It didn't seem to me that the violations were such that the state should be able to back out of their agreement."
District Judge G. Todd Baugh said Wednesday he "deserved to be chastised" for his comments about the victim, who he had said was "older than her chronological age" and had as much control of the situation as the Billings Senior High School teacher who was in a sexual relationship with her.
The judge later told reporters he was "fumbling around" in court trying to explain his sentence and "made some really stupid remarks."
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A Montana judge apologized but said he had no plans to resign after his remarks about a 14 year old rape victim and the 30 day jail sentence he handed the perpetrator sparked outrage.
had recommended a 10 year prison term.
Yellowstone County officials agreed to defer Rambold's prosecution for three years and dismiss the charges if he completed a sexual offender treatment program. The case was revived in December after prosecutors learned Rambold, 54, was kicked out of the program for having unsupervised visits with minors who were family members and not telling counselors he was having a sexual relationship with a woman.
Under state law, children younger than 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse.
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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."
If Baugh doesn't resign, protesters will try to defeat him in an election in 2014, Rice said.
Defense attorney Jay Lansing said Rambold has continued his treatment with a different program and that an evaluation found him at low risk to re offend. Prosecutors Burberry Bags For Sale
the Gazette on Wednesday his office was reviewing the sentence to make sure it conforms to the facts of the case and the law.
Baugh was first elected to the bench in 1984 and has been re elected every six years since then without an opponent. He said he has not decided whether to run again in 2014. Moralez killed herself in 2010 at age 16 while the case was pending.
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"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."
Baugh, 71, wrote an apology Wednesday in a letter to the editor to The Billings Gazette. He said his comments were demeaning of all Prada Wallet Inside women and not reflective of his beliefs.
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