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Billings Gazette, Larry Mayer, File, Associated Press
This undated file photo shows District Judge G. Todd Baugh presiding at a hearing in Great Falls, Mont. The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, denied Stacey Dean Rambold's request to reconsider a ruling that’s likely to send him back to prison to serve more time for the rape of a 14-year-old student. Rambold has been free since last fall after serving out his original sentence from Judge G. Todd Baugh of 15 years in prison with all but one month suspended.

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Montana Supreme Court will censure a state judge and suspend him without pay for 31 days for saying a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age."

Justices said in Wednesday's opinion that Judge G. Todd Baugh (baw) of Billings eroded confidence in the court system with his actions in the case of convicted rapist and former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold.

Baugh was ordered to appear before the court July 1 for a public censure.

The judge sent Rambold to prison for just 30 days last year after he pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent. Prosecutors appealed, and the Supreme Court in April ordered a new sentencing in the case by a different judge.

Baugh plans to retire when his term expires in December.