Washington, D.C. – Last week, Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced former teacher, 54-year old Stacey Rambold, to just 30-days in jail for raping a 14-year-old student who later killed herself. Judge Baugh said the sentence was, in part, because the judge found the victim to be “older than her chronological age,” and “as much in control of the situation as Rambold.” Baugh later apologized for his comments while still standing by his ruling. After nationwide condemnation, Baugh said in an order Tuesday that he’d misread state law and that he now believed Rambold should have faced, at minimum, two years in prison. Baugh scheduled a hearing for Friday to determine whether that sentence should be increased, but Montana State Prosecutors are appealing the judge’s ruling and have asked that the hearing be canceled pending the appeal.
Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization made the following statement:
“While we are pleased with a new sentencing hearing, Judge Baugh has proven he is not fit to serve. We applaud the Montana state prosecutors who are appealing Baugh’s inappropriate and atrocious ruling. Baugh’s comments about Cherice Moralez, the tragically deceased, 14-year-old victim, sought to absolve Rambold of the appropriate consequences of his heinous act and made a disgrace of the judicial system. My heart continues to go out to the Moralez family. Thankfully, because of widespread condemnation from parents and elected officials nationwide, Baugh apologized for his comments. But even with his apology for the lenient sentence, we still question Judge Baugh’s judgment in this case and his fitness to serve on the bench. The voters of Montana should take this ruling and justification into consideration, as Baugh is up for re-election in 2014.”
Concerned Women for America has been at the forefront of the battle to protect children from sexual exploitation for more than three decades. With sexual exploitation one of CWA’s core issues, Penny Young Nance has worked tirelessly remove a dozen sexually exploitive children’s Halloween costumes from mega-supplier Spirit Halloween and continues to sound the alarm on the danger of the unsupervised accessibility of Plan B one-step to little girls.
CWA Beverly LaHaye Institute Director, Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, received an “Abolitionist Award” from the State Department in 2008 for her work against sex slavery in all forms. Through a grant from the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking, the BLI launched “The Bridge Project” – an effort that sponsored 17 training sessions that reached 7,000 people across Mexico to train them for leadership in combating sex trafficking.