Man's 30-Day Sentence in Girl's Rape Is Bogus: Court

Initial judge, who blamed victim, cited as Montana Supreme Court overturns

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 30, 2014 11:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – Montana's Supreme Court today dumped the jaw-dropping decision of a lower court to sentence a high school teacher to 30 days in the rape of a 14-year-old student. The high court cited Judge Todd Baugh—who suggested that the victim, who later committed suicide, was partly to blame because she was "older than her chronological age" and "was as much in control of the situation" as 54-year-old Stacey Rambold—in its decision and ruled that Rambold must be re-sentenced by a separate judge. Rambold has been free since completing his 30-day stint last fall. Baugh has taken no small amount of flak in the ruling, and is no stranger to eyebrow-raising sentences. He faces a separate disciplinary complaint, the AP notes.

Cherice Moralez, who was raped in 2007 when she was 14 by teacher Stacey Rambold in Billings, Mont.
Cherice Moralez, who was raped in 2007 when she was 14 by teacher Stacey Rambold in Billings, Mont.   (AP Photo/Auliea Hanlon)
This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows Stacey Rambold standing in a courtroom after sentencing by Judge G. Todd Baugh in Billings, Mont.
This Aug. 26, 2013 photo shows Stacey Rambold standing in a courtroom after sentencing by Judge G. Todd Baugh in Billings, Mont.   (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Paul Ruhter)
This undated file photo shows District Judge G. Todd Baugh presiding at a hearing in Great Falls, Mont.
This undated file photo shows District Judge G. Todd Baugh presiding at a hearing in Great Falls, Mont.   (AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer, File)
In this Sept. 12, 2013 file photo shows Stacey Rambold, a 54-year-old teacher who is serving a 30-day sentence for raping a student who later killed herself.
In this Sept. 12, 2013 file photo shows Stacey Rambold, a 54-year-old teacher who is serving a 30-day sentence for raping a student who later killed herself.   (AP Photo/Montana State Prison)
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