A Montana judge is coming under fire after saying that a 14-year-old rape victim was "as much in control of the situation" as her school-teacher rapist.
This morning's Missoulian reports that District Judge G. Todd Baugh handed down a sentence of 30 days in jail to a high school teacher, convicted of raping the 14-year-old after the teacher had failed to meet sex offender treatment requirements in the 2006 case.
Weeks before her 17th birthday, the victim killed herself.
The victim's mother told the court that the teacher was to blame for her daughter's suicide and that the former teacher belonged behind bars.
But the Missoulian reports that Judge Baugh said the victim "not only had equal control of the rape, but was also a troubled youth older than her chronological age."
The Missoulian reports that organizers have scheduled a rally for Thursday, Aug. 29, and a petition drive to remove the judge from office.