I’ve read this story about three times and not once has it made any sense to me whatsoever. I read it and I just can’t help but continue to think to myself, “This can’t be a true story.” But sadly, it is.
Robert H. Richards IV, a du Pont heir, had his 8-year prison sentences completely suspended by a judge because she claimed “he will not fare well” in a prison. Judge Jan Juden instead suggested that he seek treatment.
According to the mother, Richards admitted to sexual contact with their 3-year-old daughter, but said “it was an accident and he would never do it again.” Richards later accepted a plea deal where he admitted to molesting his daughter. Disgustingly, the plea he agreed to didn’t mandate any prison time.
The sentencing was in 2009, but the judge’s ruling is only coming to light now because Richards’ ex-wife has filed a new lawsuit claiming that he admitted to having sexual contact with his infant son between 2005-2007. This POS sounds like a real winner, doesn’t he?
The entire argument that he wouldn’t fare well in prison doesn’t make any sense to me at all. He wasn’t frail, disabled or suffering from any health conditions. Though it’s fairly well known that even violent criminals have some set of “rule” by which they follow and child molesters are often targeted by the inmates because of their disgusting crime. Add in the fact that he’s extremely wealthy, there’s no doubt that he would have been put in solitary confinement for his own safety and the safety of the prison in general.
But even if he wasn’t completely safe in prison, so what? A lot of people “don’t fair well” in prison – that doesn’t excuse them from being punished for the crimes they committed. Especially when you factor in the reality of the deplorable crime for which he was convicted, I don’t even understand why there’s any kind of conviction that wouldn’t require lengthy prison time.
To me, if you admit to molesting a child, you go to jail for a lengthy sentence – period.
I still can’t comprehend how anyone, especially a judge, would allow this monster to escape any prison time. Was it because he’s wealthy? I’m not really sure. Though it does seem highly likely when you consider the crimes for which he was convicted, the fact that he’s a du Pont heir, and the shocking reality that he didn’t serve any time in prison because “he wouldn’t fair well.” I can’t imagine many ordinary citizens escaping prison time for this type of crime. Though it’s not completely unfounded.
This judge should be absolutely ashamed of herself. She gave a free pass to a monster who belongs behind bars.