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Gazette Premium Content Montana judge apologizes for comments in teen's rape

The Associated Press- Updated: August 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana judge is standing by his decision to sentence a former teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl to 30 days in prison.

But District Judge G. Todd Baugh says he is sorry for the comments he made about the victim during Monday's sentencing of 54-year-old Stacey Rambold.

Baugh sentenced Rambold to 15 years in prison, then suspended all but 30 days. Baugh called the girl "older than her chronological age" and said she had as much control of the situation as Rambold.

Baugh told reporters Wednesday the remarks were "really stupid" and he "deserves to be chastised."

However, he says the sentence was appropriate given the relatively minor violations that got Rambold removed from a sexual offender treatment program.

Prosecutors previously agreed to defer prosecution and dismiss the charges if Rambold completed the program.

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Information from: Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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