Original story from www.news.com.au April 1, 2014
THE heir of a wealthy family has been spared jail after admitting to raping his own daughter because the judge in the case decided he might “not fare well” behind bars.
Robert H. Richards IV was charged in 2009 with the fourth-degree rape of his three-year-old daughter.
The abuse dates back a decade and went on for three years. Over the same period Richards, 46, was accused by his ex-wife of raping his toddler son but was never prosecuted due to lack of evidence.
Despite confessing to his daughter’s rape Richards, a member of the du Pont family which founded the multinational chemical company, got only an eight-year suspended sentence with no jail time.
Delaware Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden, whose decision it was to spare Richards jail, reasoned that he needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show. Jurden also ordered Richards to “participate in a sex offenders” treatment program.
The shocking leniency of the judgment came to light only after Richard’s ex-wife filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for the abuse to her children, the Delaware News Journal reported.
In her lawsuit, Tracy Richards claimed that her ex-husband, who is unemployed and lives on a trust fund, penetrated his daughter with his fingers while masturbating, and went on to assault his toddler son.
He told his daughter to “to keep what he had done to her a secret” but in 2007 the girl told her grandmother.