Hope you’re ready to feel disgusted and angry. Gawker reports that Robert H. Richards IV — great grandson of the late Irenee DuPont, family patriarch — was convicted in 2008 of raping his 3-year-old daughter … and got probation because the judge in the case thought the rich guy couldn’t handle the rigors of prison. Why is this coming to light now? Richards’ ex-wife now alleges he raped their son, as well.
In 2009, Delaware Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden sentenced Robert H. Richards IV to eight years in prison but suspended the sentence in lieu of probation. Richards was also ordered “participate in a sex offenders” treatment program in Massachusetts and was forbidden from contact with children 16 and younger.
“[The] defendant will not fare well in Level 5 [prison] setting,” Jarden wrote in her order,according to Delaware Online. Raw Story notes that Richards, who is 6’4″ and 276 pounds, does not suffer from any physical illnesses or disabilities.
Richards pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape in 2008, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. The felony charge was publicly released for the first time earlier this month, after Richard’s ex-wife filed a lawsuit accusing him of also raping their young son.
The rich really are different. Everybody else would’ve gone to prison.