Montana Judge Who Gave Rapist Teacher 30-Day Sentence Won't Seek Re-election

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Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh
  • Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh

A Montana judge, accused of bias in a lenient sentence for a rapist teacher, says he won't run for re-election later this year.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced the former Billings Senior High School teacher to 15 years, but then suspended all but 31 days and gave him credit for one day already served.

At the time of the sentencing, the judge said that the young rape victim was "as much in control of the situation" as her rapist, adding that she "not only had equal control of the rape, but was also a troubled youth older than her chronological age."

But Baugh backpedaled Aug. 28, saying, "I'm saying I'm sorry and it's not who I am. I deserve to be chastised. I apologize for that."

Baugh said he was "fumbling around" in court and "made some really stupid remarks."

The victim killed herself in 2010 before the case went to trial.

And now, Baugh has announced his retirement to KTVQ-TV Jan. 6. When a Billings Gazette newspaper reporter went to the judge's office, Baugh, sitting behind his desk, refused to speak. His secretary said, "He has no comment."

A petition seeking Baugh’s resignation was circulated last summer, and an August 2013 protest drew hundreds of people to the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn. Crews from Good Morning America, CNN and Fox News were there.