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AG's Office: Don't Blame the Rape Victim

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The Montana Attorney General's Office is striking back against a brief submitted on behalf of the former high school teacher who raped a 14-year-old student who later killed herself.

In August, Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Stacey Rambold to 30 days in prison for that rape.

Judge Baugh came under fire when he partially blamed the victim and said she was "older than her chronological age."

Attorney General Tim Fox appealed the sentence calling it "illegal," and is upset that Rambold is using those statements as a justification for the sentence.

An attorney for the Attorney General's office wrote Rambold continues to perpetuate the myth that a 14-year-old girl should bear responsibility for her sexual victimization by her 47-year-old teacher, and by placing that responsibility on the victim, an illegal sentence, once again, can be transformed into a legal one.

The attorney for the Attorney General also argues that even though at the time the state did not object to the sentence it is still an illegal sentence because Judge Baugh didn't impose the mandatory minimum which would have been at least 4 years.

The Montana Supreme Court has not set a date when they will decide on the case.