Report: Controversial judge orders man to write 'Boys do not hit girls' 5,000 times
By Alastair Jamieson, Staff writer, NBC News
The Montana judge who sparked a furor
when he sentenced a former teacher to 30 days in jail for the rape of a
14-year-old girl has ordered a man convicted of punching his girlfriend
to write "Boys do not hit girls," 5,000 times, it was reported Tuesday.
Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Pace Anthony Ferguson to the writing
exercise at Yellowstone County District Court Monday, in addition to the
maximum allowed jail time of six months, for fracturing the woman's
face in three places, the Billings Gazette reported.
Ferguson, 27, also was ordered to pay $3,800 towards the victim's medical bills, it said.
Ferguson later appeared before District Judge Gregory R. Todd for a disposition hearing, the Los Angeles times reported.
It said the judge ruled that Ferguson had violated the terms of his
release from prison after a 2003 robbery conviction and ordered Ferguson
to spend eight years in state prison.
Chief Deputy Yellowstone
County attorney Juli M. Pierce said after the hearing that she respects
the two sentences the judges gave Ferguson, according to the Billings
"We'll continue to prosecute domestic violence cases no
matter what the outcome is," the newspaper quoted her as saying Monday.
"We'll continue to fight that fight because that's why we're here – for
the protection of the community."
Baugh described himself as a "blithering idiot"
for having said Aug. 26 that a rape victim was "older than her
chronological age" and was as much in control of the situation" as her
attacker. His original sentence was later revised at a state court.