During the original sentencing in August, Judge G. Todd Baugh put a share of the blame on the victim by claiming Moralez was in “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold was, while also claiming she acted “older than her chronological age.”
That statement drew a firestorm of criticism nationwide. When prosecutors filed their appeal, they including the comments made by Baugh. The Montana Attorney General’s Office said the sentencing by the District Court failed to meet the mandatory minimum sentence.
The circumstance of a 47-year-old teacher having sexual intercourse with his 14-year-old student is precisely such a circumstance warranting a mandatory minimum sentence.
Prosecutors pushed for a 10 year sentence previously and says it is still the appropriate solution.
The Montana Attorney General’s Office filed the appeal with the state’s Supreme Court, but it isn’t clear when they will receive a response.
Back in September, after he received plenty of backlash from concerned Americans who saw his ruling as victim blaming, Judge Baugh offered an apology.
I made some references to the victim’s age and control. I’m not sure just what I was attempting to say at that point, but it didn’t come out correct. What I said was demeaning to all women, not what I believe in and irrelevant to the sentencing.
After that, Baugh attempted to give Rambold a tougher sentence, but the Supreme Court said the judge didn’t have the legal standing to change a sentence.