Montana teacher rape sentence appealed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) State prosecutors are appealing as “illegal” a 30-day sentence handed down by a Montana judge in the case of a 14-year-old raped by her teacher.

Wednesday’s announcement comes after District Judge G. Todd Baugh received widespread condemnation for the lenient sentence and his comments that the victim was “older than her chronological age.”

Montana Attorney General spokesman John Barnes says Baugh will be asked to cancel a Friday resentencing hearing in the case pending a decision on the appeal.

Defendant Stacey Rambold received 15 years in prison with all but a month suspended for his months-long relationship with a Billings high school student in 2007. Victim Cherice Moralez killed herself before the case went to trial.

Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito has said state law appears to mandate a two-year minimum prison term for Rambold.

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