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du Pont heir gets probation for raping 3-year-old daughter (Delaware)

I'm trying to keep this impartial but it's really not an easy task to do with that pudgy piece of shit rapist smirking in his booking picture. See... impartial as hell.

Robert H. Richards IV, the smug sack of chewed bubble gum pictured above, is a descendant of two prominent Delaware families – the du Pont family, who built the worldwide chemical empire, and the Richards family, who co-founded the prestigious corporate law firm Richards Layton & Finger. Richards himself is unemployed and supported by a trust fund.

Apparently, that gets you out of prison time even if you rape your 3-year-old daughter.

It all started in 2007 when the daughter, then 5 years old, told her gradmother Donna Burg that Richards sexually abused her. Burg said the child reported that her father told her it was "our little secret" but said she didn't want "my daddy touching me anymore." The girl said her father molested her in the bedrooms of her mother and brother in the family mansion, the arrest warrant said.

Richards was arrested and indicted by a grand jury on two counts of second-degree rape and faced a mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts. Instead, prosecutor Renee Hrivnak let him plead guilty to one count of fourth-degree rape, a crime that does not have a mandatory prison sentence.

Judge Jan Jurden's sentencing order for suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Most puzzling was Judge Jurden's comment that Richards "will not fare well" in prison and that treatment was the best option, according to court records.

According to Public Defender Brendan J. O'Neill, "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'Neill said he has argued before that defendants were too frail or weak for prison but he's never heard of a judge using it as a rationale to keep someone out of jail.

How frail and weak is Richards? He is 6'4" tall and approximately 275 pounds.

"I've never heard of the judge saying in general that he is not going to do well," Michael W. Modica, a local defense attorney, said. "Who thrives in jail?"

Meanwhile, defense lawyer (and absolute scumbag based on what he said here) Joseph A. Hurley said it makes sense to him that the judge would be concerned about Richards' time in prison.

"Sure, they have protective custody, but that is solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. We're not a third-world society. Sex offenders are the lowest of the low in prison," Hurley said. "He's a rich, white boy who is a wuss and a child perv. The prison can't protect them, and Jan Jurden knows that reality. She is right on."

Why is this all coming out now, years later? Only because Richards' ex-wife Tracy has filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the abuse of his daughter.

Yup, if she hadn't brought it up in court, the entire Delaware judicial system - from Attorney General Beau Biden (yup, it's Joe's son) down - were willing to see this case quietly sail by. And why not? One of the gilded gentry was given a pass for an unthinkable crime. That can't be good in an election year.