Girl raped, kills herself
Hundreds of protesters are expected to converge at the Billings, Montana, county courthouse Thursday, to express their outrage over what they call a lenient sentence for a man who admitted raping a 14-year-old girl.
The protest, organized in part by the National Organization for Women, will call for Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh to step down.
The mother of the victim is outraged that a high school teacher who admitted raping her daughter received only a month in prison, while her daughter later took her own life.
As the calls for an appeal grow, the Montana attorney general's office is reviewing the case.
The sentence was a travesty, the mother, Auliea Hanlon, told CNN on Wednesday night, two days after the sentencing.
"I was horrified. Horrified," she said. "He broke the law, he confessed, and he got to walk away."
Hanlon said she was particularly upset that Baugh, said her daughter "seemed older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control of the situation" as the teacher.
Baugh apologized on Wednesday.
"I made some references to the victim's age and control," he told CNN affiliate KTVQ. "I'm not sure just what I was attempting to say at that point, but it didn't come out correct. What I said was demeaning to all women, not what I believe in and irrelevant to the sentencing."
About the sentencing itself, Baugh said he would file an addendum to the case file to "better explain" his rationale.
News Source: CNN