CREDIT: Matt Brown / AP
Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh quickly gained notoriety last week for reducing a convicted rapist’s 15-year prison sentence to just 30 days of jailtime. Now, Baugh has called a new hearing Friday because he realized the sentence was so short it would have violated two-year mandatory minimum sentencing required by state law.
“In the Court’s opinion, imposing a sentence which suspends more than the mandatory minimum would be an illegal sentence,” Baugh wrote.
Montana teacher Stacey Rambold, 54, had already been found guilty of raping a 14-year-old student, and faced prison after failing his therapy course. But it was the judge’s controversial remarks on consent that drew hundreds of protesters outside of the courthouse and 30,000 signatures calling him to resign. When he delivered the short sentence, Baugh said the victim had acted “older than her chronological age” and was “as much in control” of the situation as the teacher.