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30-Day Rape Sentence Judge Apologizes for “Fumbling Around”

Judge G. Todd Baugh

A Montana judge has apologized for comments he made when he sentenced a teacher for the rape of a 14-year-old student. District Judge G. Todd Baugh said the victim was ”older than her chronological age” and implied that she was in control of the relationship with teacher Stacey Rambold.

Judge Baugh sentenced Rambold to 15 years, but suspended all but 31 days, which meant that Rambold needed to serve only 30 days in jail for the rape.

The victim in this case, Cherice Moralez, committed suicide in 2010 while the case was pending. She was 16.

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