Thursday, August 29, 2013

Montana Judge Apologizes For Remarks About Rape Victim, Stands By 30-Day Sentence For Rapist

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM

A Montana judge now says he's sorry for his remarks about a 14-year-old rape victim who killed herself, but stands by the 30 day jail sentence for her rapist, the victim's former teacher.

District Judge G. Todd sentenced the former Billings Senior High School teacher to 15 years, but then suspended all but 31 days and gave him credit for one day already served.

But at the time of the sentencing, the judge said that the young rape victim was "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist, adding that she "not only had equal control of the rape, but was also a troubled youth older than her chronological age."

But Baugh backpedaled Aug. 28, saying, "I'm saying I'm sorry and it's not who I am. I deserve to be chastised. I apologize for that."

Baugh said he was "fumbling around" in court and "made some really stupid remarks."

But the judge added that the sentence was appropriate for the 2006 attack on the 14-year-old.

Weeks before her 17th birthday, the victim killed herself.

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