Judge G. Todd Baugh: Controversial 30-day rape sentence may be illegal

A controversial 30-day rape sentence given to a teacher who admitted to raping his 14-year-old student may be illegal, according to the Montana judge who imposed it.

The judge scheduled a new hearing for Friday.

The case drew widespread attention when District Judge G. Todd Baugh gave Stacey Dean Rambold the 30-day sentence.

It now appears the mandatory minimum may be two years, not 30 days, a Tuesday court order said.

"In this Court's opinion, imposing a sentence which suspends more than the mandatory minimum would be an illegal sentence," it read.

Rambold admitted to raping the girl while he was her teacher at her high school.

Cherice Moralez was just 14 at the time. She took her own life shortly before her 17th birthday.

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