UPDATE: Judge in rape case asks court to decide punishment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge who sentenced a former high school teacher to just one month in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl who later committed suicide, is asking the state Supreme Court to decide his punishment.

District Judge Todd Baugh has waived formal disciplinary proceedings, and says in a response to a complaint filed by the Judicial Standards Commission that the allegations against him were "mostly true."

The commission says Baugh essentially blamed the victim when sentencing Stacey Rambold.

An appeal of Rambold's sentence is pending.

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