Judge G. Todd Baugh handed down the most severe punishment possible. But there was only one problem. That severe punishment was delivered to the victim. The man who was actually convicted of the crime got off easy. Real easy. Too easy.
Stacey Rambold was a middle-aged high school teacher in Montana. Like most teachers, he had students with whom he really connected. Cherice Moralez was one of those students. But things went too far. In 2007, Stacey Rambold raped Cherice. At the time, she was 14-years-old.
Rambold was convicted of his crimes. It was then in Judge Baugh’s hands to determine the sentencing. And that he did.
Stacey Rambold would serve 30 days for the rape of a 14-year-old student trusted to his care.
That’s the easy punishment that was given by the judge. Here’s the severe punishment.
Judge Baugh said that Cherice, 14, was “as much in control of the situation,” as was Rambold, the middle-aged teacher. He went on to explain his sentencing by saying that Cherice, 14, was “older than her chronological age.”
And then he had this to say.
“It was horrible enough as it is, just given her age, but it wasn’t this forceable beat-up rape.”
Oh, I see. It was the good kind of rape. I guess that’s sort of like the good kind of cancer. It all makes perfect sense now.
Efforts are being made to have Judge Baugh removed from the bench. People are saying that a man like this should be disqualified from his position. And they’re right. But maybe there’s something more to this than a rogue, irresponsible judge.
Maybe this is another terrible example of what happens when a society immerses itself in sex and views even the youngest of girls as sexual objects.
Everyone went nuts a while back when Miley Cyrus went nuts on MTV. Not many people managed to link that event to the semi-nude photos taken of her when she was still in her teens. Photos that her father approved of.
Halloween is coming up soon. At some point, the day stopped being about horror and started being about sex. And not just for adults. The ghost costume has been replaced by the sexy witch.
Listen to the reasoning that is being given by advocates of same-sex marriage. They tell us that two people who love each other should be allowed to be together. And everyone cheers. But is that really all that different from what Judge Baugh said? Both are misguided. Misguided and dangerous.
A while back I bought my kids a trampoline. One of those with a net around it to keep everyone safe. It really went against my libertarian wiring. Nostalgia kicked in. I thought about when I was a kid and jumped on an old trampoline with rusty springs and no safety net. I think there were even alligators involved. Kids today with their safety nets.
But today, when I jump on that trampoline with my kids I’m thankful for those nets. They actually make it more fun. I can bounce my kids as high as I want without worrying about them getting impaled on something.
Sometimes boundaries lead to more enjoyment. Even when we convince ourselves that we would be better off without them.
God designed sex. He designed it to be enjoyed. And the further away we get from his original design, the less genuine joy there really is. Only perversion and cruelty. Like the kind we saw from that Montana teacher and judge.
Cherice Moralez wasn’t able to comment on Judge Baugh’s decision. When she was 16-years-old, before the trial of her rapist ever began, she committed suicide.
That makes Judge Baugh’s comments about “forceable beat-up rape” and “chronological age” all the more disturbing. Cherice was a victim but the judge treated her like a criminal that had somehow evaded the law. It’s almost as if he saw her rape as normal. As if there was some form of diet rape as long as the 14-year-old victim was the least bit willing.
But Judge Baugh is not alone. His vicious acceptance of rape is yet another example of the imminent dangers facing a culture that seeks pleasure from God’s gift outside of God’s boundaries.
A culture where predatory teachers are given a free pass.
A culture where powerful judges mock the victims of those predatory teachers.
A culture where anything goes.
Just as long as it is outside of the boundaries.