If the name of Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh sounds familiar, you may remember his shocking commuting of a rapist’s sentence in August of this year. The Montana judge handed down only a 30-day-jail sentence to a 54-year-old teacher who raped a 14-year-old student in 2008. The young teen took her own life only two years later. Baugh then compounded the outcry by issuing unbelievably tactless remarks to the victim’s family.
During the sentencing hearing this past summer, Baugh said the teen looked “older than her chronological age” and was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist.
As shocking as that story was, Baugh is again back in the news, says The Associated Press via Fox News on Dec. 24, this time for another unusual sentence.
Pacer Ferguson, 27, was sentenced to six months in jail and told to pay $3,800 in restitution for hitting his girlfriend in the face and fracturing her bones. Baugh also gave Ferguson a grade school-like assignment: Ferguson must write “Boys do not hit girls” 5,000 times.
The six months in county jail is the maximum allowed sentence for the misdemeanor assault.
While Ferguson’s sentence may be appropriate, when compared to the trivial rape sentencing earlier in the year, coupled with the unusual writing assignment, some have renewed calls for Baugh’s resignation.
Baugh gave Ferguson five months – until May 23 – to complete his assignment.
Shortly after the public outcry over Baugh’s sentencing and comments to the victim’s family in August, Baugh issued a statement apologizing for his remarks.
“I don't know what I was thinking or trying to say,” Baugh said at the time. “It was just stupid and wrong. What I said is demeaning of all women, not what I believe and irrelevant to the sentencing. My apologies to all my fellow citizens.”