Wow. Just wow.
Thanks to Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh, Stacey Dean Rambold just got a slap on the wrist for raping a 14-year-old girl — who took her own life because of the trauma.
As you might suspect, nowhere in the United States — including Montana — is it permissible to have forcible sex without consent with a 14-year-old.
But somehow, Judge Baugh used exemplary — if not totally twisted logic — to excuse the actions of Rambold, 54, and said he could go free after serving just 31 days in jail.
The Rapid City Journal has the story:
Rambold, now 54, was charged in October 2008 with three counts of sexual intercourse without consent alleging that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with Cherice Morales, starting the previous year when she was 14.
Morales took her own life in February 2010 while the case was pending.
So apparently, in Montana anyway, it’s okay to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, as long as long as the girl appears to be asking for it. Or, as the judge said, she was “as much in control of the situation” as Rambold and was “older than her chronological age.”
I’m sorry, but how can anyone who isn’t a psychologist or medical professional determine what a person’s “real age” is versus their chronological age. And when has it ever been an excuse to forgive a criminal’s action in a sexual assault as serious as rape between an older man — who should know better — and a teenager?
The case was revived last December when prosecutors learned Rambold had been terminated from the sex offender treatment program.
Treatment provider Michael Sullivan said Rambold started missing meetings in August 2012, but Sullivan said he met with Rambold and he appeared to be back on track with his treatment.
Rambold was terminated from the program in November when it was learned that he had been having unsupervised visits with minors, who were family members, and did not inform counselors that he had been having sexual relations with a woman.
Defense attorney Jay Lansing said Rambold has since continued his treatment with a different program and an evaluation found him at low risk to re-offend.
Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito is apparently a coward, in my opinion, and has no apparent balls to appeal the case, as he told the Associated Press on Tuesday: “We respect the court’s sentencing decision.”
Sometimes I mistakenly believe we live in an enlightened society, where a man would be held accountable for raping a young teen.
Today, I was show how wrong I am by an apparently — in my opinion — misogynistic judge, who appears to be living in the dark ages where a 14-year-old can give consent to a 50+ something-year-old man.
The citizens of Montana should be ashamed that Judge Baugh and Yellowstone Country Attorney Scott Twito represent them and their interests.
The girl’s mother repeatedly screamed, “You people suck!” […]
We couldn’t agree more.