Montana Judge Apologizes for Rape Victim Comments, Stands By Sentencing

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A Montana judge has apologized for comments he made regarding the rape of a 14-year old, though he is standing by his controversial sentencing in the same case.

Yellowstone County Judge G. Todd Baugh came under fire this week when he sentenced Stacey Rambold to only 30 days in jail for the rape of his former student, Cherice Morales, in 2008.

Morales went on to commit suicide two years later.

But criticism of Baugh - along with a petition seeking his resignation - truly amped up after he said Morales was "as much in control of the situation" as Rambold.

He added that the 14-year old was "older than her chronological age."

"I don't know what I was thinking or trying to say," Baugh now tells The Billings Gazette, admitting that he was wrong to say that, but not in his decision.

"It was just stupid and wrong... What I said is demeaning of all women, not what I believe and irrelevant to the sentencing. My apologies to all my fellow citizens."

Yet while Baugh wishes he could take back these remarks, he is standing by the seemingly light sentencing itself.

He told reporters that he believes the 30 days are appropriate given the nature of the case, comparing the controversial hearing Monday to a probation violation in which a defendant is re-sentenced for violating terms of a suspended sentence.

In court at the time, prosecutors recommended Stacey Rambold receive a sentence of 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended.

He received far, far less than that of course.

But as far as the outrage surrounding his statements during this hearing, Baugh said it was "perfectly understandable."

A protest against the judge remains scheduled for today.

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Seriously? This is absolute crap. Someone close to me was raped while in college. She was held against her will, beaten, held physically in a room all night. There is nobody to blame but the person who did this to her. He is an animal and should be held responsible for his actions. This judge should be held responsible for actions as well.

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Bullshit when I was 14 I knew if i wanted to have sex with a teacher this girl had sex with the teacher willingly and then tried to say he raped her. No he should not have abused his power as a teacher and for that alone he deserves more time in prison but not this forcible rape some are trying to make this seem. As far as her suicide i feel bad for her and her family but you can't blame someone else for killing yourself otherwise there would be millions of people in prison over Suicides. People who commit suicide are mentally ill and that is that.

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He raped a child and she then committed suicide because of it.....this man is responsible for this childs death and the judge thinks 30 days behind bars is fitting.....fuck that shit....that town better check that judges record make sure he doesnt have any similiar crimes himself cus this dude has an really odd amount of compassion for a creep like that

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I understand the illogical part of his thinking but the man RAPED a child. Not an adult. No child is in control when an adult man feels the need to take something from them that is not theirs to take. Personally I hope he is pressured enough to step down, because once that child rapist is through with his sentence there will be someone going up on trial for his murder.

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I understand what the Judge was trying to say. Why aren't we holding some of these young people accountable for their own actions. They go to school dressed like hookers, seek out older men on web sites and then when they can't handle the consequences start shouting "rape". Not all young girls are so innocent. You can blame the parents but these young people are clever and will do exactly what they want.....

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@ Karen

Rude.....

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@ fjjjggvb

WOW. I sincerely hope you never endure the traumatic experience of being raped and then have these idiotic comments come back to haunt you. That is plain ignorance on your part. "The girl was asking for it" really isn't much of a defense for forcing yourself on somebody.

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THE JUDGE IS , OF COURSE , CORRECT IN HIS INTELLIGENT UNDERSTANDING OF DIFFERENTIAL DEVELOPEMENTAL TRUTH . RACE , ALTITUDE AND NUTRITION AFFECT THE SPEED @ WHICH HUMANS REACH REPRODUCTIVE , SECONDARY AND FULL BODILY GROWTH AND FUNCTION ... WHEN NATURE SAYS PUBERTY HAS ARRIVED AND ACCOMPANYING BODILY DEVELOPEMENT THEN IT'S YOUR RIGHT TO INTERACT WITH YOU SPECIE'S KIND AS YOUR INSTINCTS AND FREE WILL COMPEL ... THE STATE OF MADNESS AND MENTAL ILLNESS CLEARLY INFECTING OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS , DEMOGOGUES , EXPLOITERS , MALCONTENTS AND ANTI-SOCIAL DEFECTIIVES HAS RESULTED IN MANIACAL PERSECUTION OF HUMAN SEXUALITY AND FREEDOM ... SUCH MONSTERS AS IN GOVERNMENT SETTING ARBITRARY AGES AT WHICCCCCH HUMANS MAY DO THINGS IS A TYRANY TO BE CRUSHED WITHOUT MERCY .. WHEN YOU HEAR OF A LOVELY FEMALE TEACHER WHO'S HAD A ROMANTIC AFFAIR WITH A 15 YEAR OLD BOY BEING ATTACKED BY THESE SICKO GOVERNMENT PARASITES AND BRANDED A CRIMINAL IT IS ENRAGING !!!! POST PUBESCENT ADOLESCENTS ARE NOT CHILDREN !!!!1 THIS AND THE MANY OTHER REIGNS OF TERROR UPON US BY THESE MADMEN DICTATORS ARE THE INDICATORS THAT REVOLUTION IS ONCE AGAIN REQUIRED TO CLEANSE US OF THE MADMEN !!!

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@ JOY

Seriously? A child was raped, most girls don't really reach true adolescence til they are close to 18 and then they start the young adult stage. Take the government hogwash elsewhere.

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Watch now for more rapes to happen if the rapists think they'll only get 30 days for the dirty deed in that town.

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it's O.K. with me.

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@ abe

You're an idiot.

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@ Gramma2KT

I agree @Gramma2KT

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