Du Pont Heir Given No Jail Time For Sexual Assault of Daughter, Judge Said He ‘Will Not Fare Well’ in Prison

roberth.richardsI’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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Richard Verdejo

    These are the sorts of folks that NEED to be placed in prison – so THEY can understand what it’s like to be the PREY rather than the PREDATOR.

    I don’t know what was the determinant factor in the Judge’s decision, but it would seem that INTELLIGENCE was not one of those factors.

  • geminijeanna

    The judge has been paid off – sick sick world

    • Tom Birmingham

      A good attorney knows the law. A GREAT attorney knows the judge.

  • ms912

    Shame on the judge and the mother! Put this monster in jail where he belongs. Period. Child molesters should be castrated!!

    • Nicole

      The mother is the one suing him.

      • Kim Serrahn

        but didn’t the mother say that the first time with the little it was an accident……………..
        she needs help herself

      • Alecta

        No, she said that HE said that the first time was an accident. Huge difference – don’t blame the mother, she’s not the evil one here.

  • Finnsmom1

    I was raised to belive that jail time is not only punishment but also a deterrent. Thanks to this crooked judge, we now have a caveat.

  • Chum Lee Jr

    A touch of affluenza, coated in some political pressure, swathed in remuneration and decided at a country club.

    Judge should be his cellmate – travesty, and 1 that is out of the reach of lesser bank accounts.

  • Melissa

    This man did the crime so do the time….money should not be a reasons for someone to get away with what crime they do.

  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    I am pro-life, but in the case of this piece of excrement, I wish his mother would’ve exercised her choice to abort!

    • Jamie Mount

      Oh, so YOU get to choose. Got it.

    • Phil the observer

      I am a BIG fan of post-dated abortion….Just sayin

  • tiger16id

    And many people still think that the Super Rich don’t live in a different world than the rest of us.

  • Terry Evdokimoff

    If this happened in 2009, I hope someone has followed the Judge’s record. Hmmm, maybe a new luxury car or home?

  • Avatar

    If this rapist happen to rape other children, this judge should lose her license for good.

  • Ram Garcia

    Maybe the next time his sexual urges kick in, it will lead him to the family of a female judge with the initials J.J.

  • Kim Serrahn

    we all know that money talks.

  • seign

    I guarantee this judge was paid off in some way. They even say the guy was extremely wealthy in the story. Fucking SICK.

    • Jim Bean

      What they did NOT say was that the judge was appointed by a Democratic Governor.

      • rayoak

        Only a fucking republican would make this a political thing.. deplorable!

      • Jim Bean

        The war on the wealthy IS a political thing and that’s the motivation for this article. If he hadn’t been wealthy the author wouldn’t have been interested. That war is a Democratic Party thing. So is the lack of enough sufficient insight to see the connections between things. I a registered Democrat, btw, but I ain’t beatin’ your drum unless you get the cadence right.

      • Beyol

        Boy Jim, we all know you’re a troll Jim. Go away.

      • Jim Bean

        “Anyone who disagrees with me.” What that is not, is the definition of a troll.

  • seign

    They should see how the judge fairs in prison. Place her in gen pop of a level 5 MENS prison for a few years. Not much worse than what the infants went through.

  • Alecta

    Wait – what??!! A baby rapist might not like jail? Oh the poor woogums! Newsflash! Jail’s not supposed to be fun, Your Honor. If you’re afraid for his virtue *cough*, put him in solitary. For his own protection, of course. AND THROW AWAY THE KEY!

  • Jamie Mount

    While I completely agree with the contents of the article, I am seriously concerned about the grammar of our next generation. I’m only 43, but I know the difference between fair and fare. Lord…

  • SalubriousET

    Is he kin to the DuPont that murdered his employee, a former wrestler?

  • Jim Bean

    PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is refusing to prosecute four Harrisburg legislators videotaped taking bribes during a long running sting operation carried out by state investigators. The reason: all four are Black and all four are Democrats. Philadelphia DA Seth Williams public voiced his objections to this decision in a piece written for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Williams if Black. He is also a Democrat. If Allen had wanted to do a meaningful piece about judiciary corruption, he would have picked Kathleen Kane as his target. At least Richards IV got prosecuted. If he’d been a Black Democratic Party Legislator in PA, he wouldn’t have been inconvenienced like that.

  • Jim Bean

    Delaware Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden was appointed by Delaware Democratic Governor Ruth Ann Minner.

  • Brian

    Does the average 18 year old pot smoker fare well in prison? No, but they still get sentenced to it. This monster gets off after touching a child. Just “should seek treatment”? No fines, no nothing? The law simply doesn’t apply to rich men.

  • 727piedmont

    Disbar the judge, remove the child from this family and castrate this man!!!

  • rossbro

    Get rid of that judge !!! Make sure this pervert goes to prison and gets to learn just how bad rape really is.