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Bail jumping not as serious as child abuse

2014-05-06T00:00:00Z 2014-05-06T14:54:07Z Bail jumping not as serious as child abuse The Billings Gazette
May 06, 2014 12:00 am

Teacher rapes 14-year-old students — 30 days in jail.

Father brutally beats infant child — four years suspended.

Man sexually abuses girls — probation.

Man doesn't show up for court — five years in prison.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh stated he had to send a message that not showing up for court would not be tolerated. So what kind of message does he send about abusing children?

The county attorney's office recommended 10 years in prison, yet day after day this county attorney's office recommends suspended sentences for violent and sexual predators, and Baugh obligingly slaps them on the wrist.

Why the sentencing disparity?

I'll take my medicine. But next time you vote for a county attorney or judge, make sure their priority is sending a strong message to child abusers — not bail jumpers.

Benjamin McChesney


Editor's note: The letter writer's sentence for jumping bail on a drug charge is in addition to his sentence on a jury convictin for a firearms violation.

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