Sometimes the wheels of justice turn at an agonizingly slow pace. Such is the case of the sexual assaults on a 14-year-old Billings high school student perpetrated by a 47-year-old business teacher.
A former Montana teacher convicted of rape wrongly blamed his 14-year-old victim when he argued that she bore responsibility in the case, an attorney for the state said Thursday in a court filing.
District Judge G. Todd Baugh will retire at the end of the year and not seek re-election.
Unprecedented public fury has engulfed Yellowstone County District Court for the past six weeks.
The furor over the 30-day sentence given to a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl offers the chance to clean up holes in how the state sentences criminals, a Montana prosecutor said.
Stacey Rambold, the former Billings teacher whose 30-day sentence for raping a 14-year-old student brought scorn on a Montana judge from across the country, was released Thursday morning from the Montana State Prison.
A former Montana high school teacher due to be released Thursday after serving a 30-day prison sentence for raping a 14-year-old student is "still skating" justice six years after the assault, the victim's mother said.
A former Montana high school teacher sent to prison for 30 days over the rape of one of his students could face more time behind bars after prosecutors appealed the case to the state Supreme Court.
Saying the sentence he imposed on a former Billings teacher for the rape of a student may be illegal, Yellowstone County District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh has ordered a new hearing.
Stacey Dean Rambold, whose 30-day sentence earlier this week for the rape of a 14-year-old Billings girl who later committed suicide sparked outrage, is serving his sentence at the state prison in Deer Lodge.
Judge G. Todd Baugh, who has drawn international criticism for sending a convicted rapist to prison for only 30 days, issued a sentencing addendum Thursday afternoon, offering a formal explanation of his decision in the case.
Auliea Hanlon never expected all the attention, and she was surprised by the support and encouragement from complete strangers.
Auliea Hanlon, left, mother of Cherice Moralez who was raped when she was 14-years-old by Stacey Rambold, a Senior High School teacher, greets Sheena Rice, center, and Kate Olp, organizers of a protest against Judge Todd Baugh Thursday afternoon on the courthouse lawn.
Sheena Rice, organizer of a protest against Judge G. Todd Baugh for his recent actions in the case of Stacey Rambold who was convicted of raping 14-year-old Cherice Moralez while he was a teacher at Billings Senior High School, speaks to a crowd on the courthouse lawn Thursday afternoon.
Auliea Hanlon, mother of Cherice Moralez, is comforted by her attorney Shane Colton on Thursday afternoon during a protest rally against Judge G. Todd Baugh on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.
Auliea Hanlon, mother of Cherice Moralez, is hugged by protesters during a show of solidarity against Judge G. Todd Baugh on Thursday afternoon on the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.
Protesters react during an August protest organized against Judge G. Todd Baugh over his sentencing of Stacey Rambold, a former teacher who raped a student.