Wealthy heir convicted of raping toddler gets suspended sentence because he “will not fare well” in prison
DOVER, Del. (CNN) – After a man, who is an heir to a fortune, was convicted of raping his 3-year-old daughter, authorities say he was not sent to prison because he would “not fare well” there.
Robert H. Richards IV is a great-grandson of Irenee du Pont, one of the wealthiest Americans during his time.
Richards was sentenced to eight years behind bars in 2009 for raping his 3-year-old daughter.
However, a Delaware judge decided the “defendant will not fare well” behind bars and the sentence was suspended.
According to court documents obtained by CNN, Richards was placed on eight years’ probation, ordered to get treatment and register as a sex offender.
He also was prohibited from having contact with children under 16, including his own.
Last month, Richards’ former wife filed a lawsuit on behalf of her children, alleging “personal injuries arising from the childhood sexual abuse.”
The lawsuit alleges that Richards not only abused their daughter but also their son.
Richards was never charged with molesting his son.
The prosecution told CNN that while it is not completely happy with the decision, it still protects the victim and “imposed conditions that would make it less likely the defendant could harm others.”