Target: Montana District Judge, G Todd Baugh
Goal: Demand Judge, G Todd Baugh resign for lenient sentence for rape and seek appropriate justice for rape victim.
Montana District Judge, G Todd Baugh had sentenced a 54 year old former teacher, Stacey Rambold to 30 days in jail who had admitted to statutory rape of a 14 year old student named Cherice Moralez in 2008. He had admitted to having sexual intercourse with her on three occasions. The student had committed suicide prior to the trial, and the mother said the whole affair was a major contributor to her daughter’s tragic death.
This sentence comes after the defendant had violated part of his deferred prosecution deal. In this situation, the defendant has to comply and fulfill specific conditions in exchange for the dismissal of charges. The inability to do so, gives prosecutors the right to seek the maximum charges against the defendant. The deal included: the completion of a sex offender treatment program, admittance of one count of rape, and a promise not be alone with minors. He was terminated from his treatment program because he had missed too many sessions and not informing his counselors of a sexual relationship with another woman. To give a thirty day sentence is a slap on the wrist, and it is even more baffling that a judge would uphold the sentence knowing that the defendant had violated his conditions for his deal.
The judge had made a string of insensitive and ridiculous remarks that he used as a rationale for his sentencing decision. He said, “It’s not probably the kind of rape most people think about… it was not a violent, forcible, beat-the-victim rape, like you see in the movies.” He thought the victim had “looked older than her chronological age” as if this was a rationale for making the crime seem less heinous. He went on to claim that she was in much control of the situation as her teacher was in an attempt to shove the burden of responsibility on a minor. Although he had quickly retracted his words, he continues to defend his lenient sentence. He asserted that he is a low risk offender and unlikely to be a repeat offender, but a person that can’t even comply with simple orders from a court seems to suggest otherwise. This travesty is a bad precedent to set for our criminal justice system.
Demand G Todd Baugh resign for his lenient sentence and seek an appeal to exact an appropriate sentence.
Dear Mr. Baugh
Rape is rape. It is unconscionable that you would downplay a despicable crime. Mr Rambold had violated a teacher’s scarce trust and took advantage of a vulnerable 14 year student. He was in a position of power, and he exploited it. The fact that a breach in the defendant’s deferred prosecution deal, somehow warrants a 30 day sentence, is incomprehensible. You do not reward a criminal when he cannot complete a simple rehabilitation program. How can you make the bold inference that he is a low risk offender when his non-compliance speaks volumes of his ill behaviors. Please resign for your inexcusable comments and incompetency in giving an appropriate sentence for a serious offense.
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