A Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim appeared “older than her chronological age” faces public censure and a 31-day suspension without pay for his misconduct, says a Montana Supreme Court ruling reported by the Associated Press. The court said Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings eroded confidence in the court system with his actions in the case of convicted rapist and former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold. “There is no place in the Montana judiciary for perpetuating the stereotype that women and girls are responsible for sexual crimes committed against them,” Chief Justice Mike McGrath wrote.
Baugh, 72, was ordered to appear before the court July 1 for the public censure. The judge, the son of former Washington Redskins quarterback “Slingin Sammy” Baugh, sent Rambold to prison for just 30 days last year after he pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent. Prosecutors appealed, and the Supreme Court in April ordered a new sentencing in the case by a different judge. Under Montana law, children under 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse. Rambold was a 47-year-old high school teacher. Victim Cherice Moralez was one of his students. She committed suicide while the case was pending trial.