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Protestors to call for judge to step down over rape criticism
BILLINGS, Montana (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Protests are planned Thursday outside a Montana courthouse. They are demanding a judge step down after he criticized a teenage rape victim.
The comments came during sentencing for the teacher convicted of raping her.
The judge only sentenced Stacey Rambold to 30 days in jail for having sex with the 14-year-old student who later committed suicide.
The judge said even though Rambold was 49-years-old and the girl was only 14 that she was quote "older than her chronological age" and that she was "as much in control of the situation" as he was.
Many say they are outraged by the light sentence Rambold received, as well as the judge's comments.
The judge has since issued an apology.
"In the Rambold sentencing I made some references to the victims age and control. I'm not sure just what I was attempting to say at that point, but it didn't come out correct. What I said is demeaning to all women, not what I believe in, and irrelevant to the sentencing. I owe all of our fellow citizens an apology," said Judge G. Todd Baugh.
Many say the judge's apology is not enough and he needs to resign.