Photo: AP Former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold stands in a courtroom after sentencing by Judge G. Todd Baugh in Billings, Mont., for the rape of a 14-year-old student.
Justices said Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings eroded confidence in the court system with his actions in the case of convicted rapist and former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold.
, 72, was ordered to appear before the court July 1 for the public censure.
The judge, who is the son of former Washington Redskins quarterback "Slingin" Sammy" Baugh, 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.
Under Montana law, children under 16 cannot consent to sexual intercourse.
has apologized for his
actions and said he
plans to retire when his
term expires in December after three decades on the bench.
drew widespread condemnation for suggesting the victim shared responsibility for her
rape, including protests and a petition seeking his
previously consented to a censure by the court but not suspension.
The order on Wednesday gives him 15 days to withdraw his
That would return the matter to the judicial commission for formal proceedings.
Along with his
comments in the case, which were made during Rambold's August sentencing hearing, Baugh
was criticized by the court for handing down an illegal sentence.
The judge attempted to reverse the sentence in the days that followed - a move that was blocked by the state Supreme Court.
Justices chided him for nevertheless holding a hearing in September in which Baugh
sought to explain the lenient sentence given to Rambold by saying it "wasn't this forcible, beat-up rape."