Posted: Aug 30, 2013 5:50 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Some Butte residents are outraged at District Court Judge Todd Baugh for giving a 30 day jail sentence to a male teacher who raped his 14-year-old student.
People were gathered today on the Butte - Silver Bow Courthouse steps to protest Judge Baugh's decision. They are joining people all over the state asking for his resignation.
They held signs saying rape is a crime, chanting no way it's not okay.
"Judge Baugh, you suck at law," they chanted.
Around 75 Butte protesters joined the hundreds from Billings demanding that Judge Baugh resign.
"And if he doesn't resign I am asking the citizens of Yellowstone County to please run against this man, run against him and defeat him," said Bill Anderson, Butte-Silverbow Commissioner.
On Monday, Judge Todd Baugh handed down a 30-day sentence to 54-year-old Stacey Rambold for raping a 14-year-old girl, who later committed suicide.
This sentence, combined with comments the Judge made, stating the girl was "older than her chronological age" and she was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher have many Montanans horrified.
Judge Baugh later apologized for his remarks.
"What I said was demeaning to all women, not what I believe in and irrelevant to the sentencing," said Baugh.
But for these Butte protesters, his apology wasn't enough.
MT Rep. Amanda Curtis / D - Butte:
"The 14 year old is never the responsible party," said MT Rep Amanda Curtis, D-Butte. "Baugh's apology just doesn't cut it."
"When it comes to teacher and student romantic relationships, the student is never the responsible party," Curtis added.
Some in the crowd want want to raise awareness about the seriousness of sexual assault, and the need to protect young children from these types of crimes.
"We need to stop blaming victims," said Anderson.
So with their signs held high, these folks are hoping for justice.