In what might be one of the more horrific rulings I can recall in the past year, a Montana judge has sentenced a 54 year old man who raped a 14 year girl to prison for just 30 days. The girl, who was repeatedly raped by the teacher who had “groomed her for sex,” killed herself just before her 17th birthday before the case made it to trial. Prosecutors had asked for a ten year sentence.
If you think this gets better, it doesn't. After the girl killed herself, prosecutors agreed to drop the charges if the teacher went to a sex offender program. He was kicked out because he kept trying to have sex with other underage girls and prosecutors refiled the charges. The judge, in his decision said the girl acted well above her 14 years of age and was fully into the relationship and wanted it as much as the rapist.
They do elect judges in Montana, so hopefully this judge won't get a second term and hopefully if he has daughters, he doesn't let this guy babysit.