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Old 03-31-2014, 01:48 AM
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Wealthy Man Rapes 3yr Old Daughter, No Prison

A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he "will not fare well" in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show.

Judge Jan Jurden's sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said. Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.

Richards' 2009 rape case became public this month after attorneys for his ex-wife Tracy filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the abuse of his daughter.

The fact that Jurden expressed concern that prison wasn't right for Richards came as a surprise to defense lawyers and prosecutors who consider her a tough sentencing judge. Several noted that prison officials can put inmates in protective custody if they are worried about their safety, noting that child abusers are sometimes targeted by other inmates.

"It's an extremely rare circumstance that prison serves the inmate well," said Delaware Public Defender Brendan J. O'Neill, whose office represents defendants who cannot afford a lawyer. "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'Neill said he and his deputies have often argued that a defendant was too ill or frail for prison, but he has never seen a judge cite it as a "reason not to send someone to jail."

Richards was no frail defendant, court records show, listing him at 6 feet, 4 inches tall and between 250 and 276 pounds. Nor do court records cite any physical illnesses.

O'Neill said the way the Richards case was handled might cause the public to be skeptical about "how a person with great wealth may be treated by the system."

Richards, who is unemployed and supported by a trust fund, owns a 5,800-square-foot mansion in Greenville he bought for $1.8 million in 2005. He also lists a home in the exclusive North Shores neighborhood near Rehoboth Beach, according to the state's sex abuse registry. His great-grandfather is du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont, and his father is Robert H. Richards III, a retired partner in the Richards Layton & Finger law firm.

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There had to be untraceable money in a brown paper bag being handed to the judge for this light sentence or am I missing something?
He sexual abused his daughter and son over a 3 year period. And Richards would not fare well in prison. Who cares how he fares, he committed a crime, a horrible, irreversible crime against his own flesh and blood. He is a predator
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Someone should put an open contract out on him. Since he's walking around as a free man, it would be anybody's shot to take.

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He is a raping pedophile. He will do this again and it will escalate because he will not be able to get that power high with just the rape. He will need to torture and then possibly even murder.

Perhaps the judge would have been less lenient if the abused child was one of hers....

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FRAIL? He is a fat fucking pedophile, SHE is the frail innocent one!

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Unemployed, living off a trust fund heir. Plenty of free time. Perfect petri dish for his kind.

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Money talks people, it's more than obvious that the judge was paid off.

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America!

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Roadtrip anyone?

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