Du Pont Heir Given Probation For Raping Daughter in Hush-Hush Case; Judge Said He Wouldn’t Fare Well In Prison

Pic: State of Delaware (PD)

Pic: State of Delaware (PD)

Du Pont Family heir (and son of a very powerful retired attorney) Robert H. Richards IV received a slap on the wrist in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to raping his three-year old daughter: Eight years probation. The offense is normally punishable by up to 15 years in prison, but Delaware Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden‘s rationale for the extremely lenient sentence was that the 6’4″ 264 lb. millionaire “[would] not fare well” in prison.

Richards’ arrest and subsequent trial was not disclosed by the District Attorney’s office and received no media coverage, locally or nationally. The details of Richards’ case only came to the attention of the public this month after his ex-wife filed a civil suit against him on behalf of their two children. The suit alleges that Richards also molested their son numerous times over the course of two years, beginning when the boy was 19 months-old. Police investigated the allegations in 2010 after Richards said during a polygraph test that he was very concerned something might have happened to his son and that he may have repressed the memory, but wouldn’t do it again. During the course of the 2010 investigation police interviewed the boy – then six – but not Richards. The case was closed citing a lack of evidence.

His trial may have escaped the attention of the public, but Richards is listed in the Delaware Sex Offender registry. The entry states that he was convicted on June 30, 2008 Rape in the Fourth Degree: Sexual Penetration of a victim less than 16 years-old – a Class C felony – and registered with the state on February 13, 2009. Richards is classified by the state of Delaware as being a Tier Two offender: Someone who is considered a “moderate risk” for re-offending. In Delaware, only Tier Two  and Tier Three (high-risk) receive a public listing. It is unknown to me at this time why so much time elapsed between his sentencing and registration.

With Richards’ conviction no longer an open secret, national media is wasting no time publicizing the sweetheart deal he received from the state. Judge Jurden will probably be facing some very difficult questions in the coming days. I wouldn’t be surprised if she resigned. Probation for child rape isn’t becoming of the 2011 winner of the Outstanding Service to the Courts and Bar Award, an annual honor presented to a lawyer or judge who “…by exemplary service to the Delaware Courts and the Delaware Bar has substantially assisted the Courts and the Bar and strengthened the public trust and confidence in the State’s court system and the administration of justice.”





24 Comments on "Du Pont Heir Given Probation For Raping Daughter in Hush-Hush Case; Judge Said He Wouldn’t Fare Well In Prison"

  1. tibby trillz | Mar 31, 2014 at 10:07 pm |

    prison is for poor people who commit nonviolent drug offenses. everybody knows that.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Mar 31, 2014 at 10:14 pm |

    Goood Bless Americaaaaa!

  3. Thurlow Weed | Mar 31, 2014 at 10:48 pm |

    The judge is a Democratic Party appointee.

  4. emperorreagan | Mar 31, 2014 at 11:06 pm |

    Mr DuPont would not fare well in prison due to lack of children to rape.

  5. Number1Framer | Apr 1, 2014 at 12:55 am |

    Pretty serious (perhaps terminal) case of “Affluenza.” But on the upside I now have a defense lined up in case I’m ever on trial: I wouldn’t fare well in prison…

  6. BuzzCoastin | Apr 1, 2014 at 2:18 am |

    rich people & black people
    are treated unfairly by the criminal justice business
    the rich with unfair leniency
    & blacks with unfair harshness
    well known, lots of stories like this
    one such rich kid became the first prez of der homeland
    invaded several kunteries based on lies
    approved the torture of unchared & untried prisoners
    and ix a free man too

  7. Spasmodius | Apr 1, 2014 at 7:20 am |

    Jurden’s term as Judge ended last year, so she won’t even have to resign.

  8. 924COLLECTIVE | Apr 1, 2014 at 8:20 am |

    Multi-Generational Ritual Abuse, These poor kids were born into an “Elite Bloodline” “Something might have happened to his son and that he may have repressed the memory” The children are already dissociative. What next, send them to Disney?

    They already got a taste of American Justice – Mickey Mouse Courtroom Style…….

  9. Liam_McGonagle | Apr 1, 2014 at 10:42 am |

    The only thing holding this society together is deference for one’s social betters.

    So is what you want? To destroy society? When you remove the only reason for people to stop killing one another you open the door to chaos.

  10. I’m starting to think all these 1%ers are really the inbred hillbillies in this country . . .

  11. Ted Heistman | Apr 1, 2014 at 11:31 am |

    There is some bizarre association between rich people and raping children. Not that I buy into the whole illuminati thing, but there is a link.

    • Child abuse is the foundation of all tyranny.

    • Eric_D_Read | Apr 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm |

      My guess is it’s as simple as, while they probably don’t have a higher percentage of their population inclined towards pedophilia than everyone else, they’re the ones powerful enough to to get away with whatever they feel like doing and they know it.

  12. It was a female judge too….

  13. Reuben_the_Red | Apr 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

    Democracy Now reports that “Jurden ruled that Richards’ ‘treatment need exceeds [the] need for punishment,’ a reasoning almost never used in the case of child rapists.”

    This is exactly the right response by the bench when considering incarceration versus treatment/rehabilitation, in almost all kinds of cases EXCEPT FOR THIS KIND. This reasoning is almost never used whatsoever, due in large part to federal minimum mandatory sentencing laws, and newer “tough on crime” ALEC-authored legislation passed by corrupt politicians who are on the private prison gravy train.

    DuPont Chemical is also guilty of wholesale crimes against humanity and against this planet. It/They are as evil as this guy clearly is, multiplied by a million. I don’t use the word “evil” in any kind of spiritual/supernatural sense, but merely in terms of malevolence, hostility and nihilism demonstrated globally by a corporate producer and distributor of all kinds of vile poisons, toxins, and chemical weapons.

    Sorry for shouting.

  14. Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through. ~Swift

  15. InfvoCuernos | Apr 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm |

    There is so much wrong here. First, you can only get 15 years for raping a 3 year old?!?! WTF! And this asshole didn’t even get that. Since when are prison sentences handed out based on how well you will do inside? If he is convicted of this new charge of molesting his 19 month old son, will he be going to prison for probation violation, like anyone who’s violated their terms? Why is that we as a people count on fellow prisoners to take out justice?

  16. jasonpaulhayes | Apr 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm |

    Can you say “two tier justice system”?

    Perhaps some other wealthy person will just murder him, since they would obviously get away with it. Just planting seeds… if you water them, they will grow.

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