CHILD molesters, starting with pedophile priests, seem to be getting off awfully easy these days. The latest case is out of Delaware, with Judge Jan Jurden ruling that the “Defendant will not fare well in Level 5 [prison] setting.”
Like we should care? According to reporting, there are no “physical illnesses or disabilities” recorded by the court. So what’s the reason for such a light sentence?
Attorney General Beau Biden’s office had initially indicted Richards on two counts of second-degree rape of a child ““ Class B violent felonies that carry a mandatory 10-year prison term for each count.
[…] Richards was free on $60,000 secured bail while awaiting trial on the charges that could have put him behind bars for years.
But in June 2008, just days before a scheduled trial, prosecutor Renee Hrivnak offered Richards a plea to a single count of fourth-degree rape, which carries no mandatory time, and he accepted, admitting in court that he abused his child.
“It was more than reasonable, an enlightened plea offer,” Richards attorney Eugene J. Maurer Jr. said.
Court records show that in Judge Jan Jurden’s sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards confused several criminal justice authorities in Delaware, who said that her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.
Jurden gave Richards, who had no previous criminal record, an eight-year prison term, but suspended all the prison time for probation.
His great-grandfather is du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont, and his father is Robert H. Richards III, a retired partner in the Richards Layton & Finger law firm.
Robert H. Richards IV is a child molester. His sentence is not close to punishment that matches his crimes.
This is one time I hope Bill O’Reilly gets wind of this ruling. He’s relentless on child victims, with this celebrity molester deserving off a public shaming, and Judge Jurden’s ruling ripe for vilification.