Du Pont Heir Robert Richards IV Spared Jail for Raping Three-Year-Old Daughter


#1

International Business Times:

Du Pont Heir Robert Richards IV Spared Jail for Raping Three-Year-Old Daughter

A multimillionaire who pleaded guity to raping his three-year-old daughter has been spared jail after a judge in Delaware ruled he would “not fare well” in prison.
Robert H Richards IV, heir to the du Pont chemical business, was given eight years’ probation and ordered to seek treatment after he admitted to raping his three-year-old daughter in 2009.
Judge Jan Jurden ruled that Richards, 46, should not be handed a custodial sentence as he would “not fare well in Level 5 [prison] setting”.
Details about the sentence only emerged after the defendant’s former wife, Tracy, filed a lawsuit against him seeking compensation and punitive damages over the abuse of their daughter and his son.

According to the lawsuit, Richards admitted to assaulting his son and daughter between 2005 and 2007. Richards was originally charged with two counts of second-degree child rape, which carry a 10-year minimum sentence.
Richards hired one of Delaware’s top defence lawyers, Eugene Maure, who won a plea bargain.
Richards avoided a jail term after admitting one count of fourth-degree rape – a lesser charge which carries no mandatory minimum jail term.

Delaware public defender Brendan O’Neill, told the Detroit Press: "It’s an extremely rare circumstance that prison serves the inmate well.
“Prison is to punish, to segregate the offender from society, and the notion that prison serves people well hasn’t proven to be true in most circumstances.”
O’Neil added the sentence “raised questions” about the treatment of wealthy people by the justice system.

No kidding.
Guess what? I wouldn’t “fare well in a prison setting”, in fact I’d rather hang myself (yeah, I know, that’s not an option).

Compare to this story.


#2

Disgusting. They aren’t even trying to hide the favoritism that the rich get.

I wonder if his daughter is faring well? He shouldn’t ever see the light of day. I don’t see anything about the sex offender registry in the story but it occured to me that if you have millions of dollars it wouldn’t matter to him either way.


#3

Disgusting. What’s that old saying: Money Talks.


#4

What’s possibly more disturbing is that none of this got any media attention until his ex-wife filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the daughter and a son (who also allegedly was molested, though there was no criminal case as to him).


#5

Aw, the poor baby doesn’t think he can handle prison? Well, tough. Should have thought about that before he raped his daughter


#6

This reminds me of the “too pretty for prison” defense used by a teacher that ultimately got away with probation. Perhaps Mr. Richards was also “too pretty for prison?” It’s fascinating what passes for admissible in court these days.


#7

The DuPonts married cousins for years to keep the money inside the family. I’m sure this (an other crimes & disordered behavors reported over the years) is a result of the sins of this family’s past. :frowning:

May God Bless the children and bring them peace.


#8

This is what can come of someone being raised as a rich spoiled child. They grow up to think they can get away with anything, and in this case the guy did get away with something that should have led to him having a millstone tied around his neck, and him being cast into the sea.


#9

I agree. :mad:


#10

That is pretty disturbing. Takes greed to whole new level.


#11

Can this be appealed?


#12

Are they kidding me? That judge needs to be removed. Disgusting.


#13

Looks like another case of affluenza.


#14

The man needs prayers.


#15

Everyone’s anger is directed at the wrong person. It was the judge who, according to sentencing guidelines, imposed a suspended sentence. It had nothing to do with “money talks.” If you don’t like the guidelines, get with your legislator and have them changed. Judges can only act according to the guidelines of the law.


#16

Once again proving that if you have enough money you can get away with ANYTHING. If a poor man had done this they would have locked him up and threw away the key.


#17

The article implies that the judge had the option of imposing a prison sentence, so it’s legitimate to question his motive for not doing so.


#18

6’4" 278 pounds.
God grant us thy justice and mercy and bring healing now to all those who have been victims of predation. AMEN


#19

So who, precisely, “fares well” in prison?


#20

Poor black people apparently.


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