Man Receives 30 days in Prison for Raping 14-Year-Old Girl

Stacey Dean RamboldMontana residents are fuming and on a campaign to oust a state judge who ruled that a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl — who subsequently killed herself — deserves only 30 days behind bars.

What made the sentence more shocking to many was District Judge Todd Baugh’s remarks in court: He said that even though the girl, Cherice “Cherry” Morales, was decades younger than her attacker, Stacey Dean Rambold, 54, and obviously troubled, taped police interviews showed she was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold. The judge also said the girl was “older than her chronological age.”

Morales, in the lead-up to the court sentencing hearing — and just days before she would have turned 17 — committed suicide. Her mother, in court, asserted the rape played into her suicide and yelled at Judge Baugh, “You suck!” after he handed down the 30 days.

Judge Baugh has since expressed regret for his comments. On Wednesday, the Gazette reported that he said: “I don’t know what I was thinking or trying to say. It was just …


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