DuPont Heir Sexually Assaults Three-Year-Old Daughter, Gets No Jail Sentence
This man was convicted for raping his three-year-old daughter but he won't spend a day in prison. Why not? Because the judge ruled he "will not fare well" behind bars and needs treatment instead.
Robert H. Richards IV is heir to the Du Pont fortune and his case is being called a clear-cut case of affluenza—special treatment for the rich.
HLN host Nancy Grace told INSIDE EDITION, "He's over six feet, over 200 pounds, but the judge says he wouldn't fare well behind bars. I don't get it. Why is he any different than any other child rapist?"
Richards pleaded guilty in 2008 to raping his three-year-old daughter. The case was kept quiet, but now, his tearful ex-wife, Tracy Richards is suing him for damages and her lawyer, Thomas Crumplar, is sounding off.
Crumplar told INSIDE EDITION, "I really have to applaud the courage of Tracy Richards, the mother. She was just really in shock afterwards. And she's alone, going after a very powerful, influential family."
The kid gloves treatment Richards received from Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden is shocking a lot of people.
INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander asked Nancy Grace, "Is this man getting special treatment because of his last name?"
Grace replied, "You know, I thought I had seen it all. But what this judge did, Judge Jan Jurden, has totally shocked me. It is such a case of favoritism."
The Du Pont heir has a Delaware mansion he calls home. He now has a profile on the Delaware sex offender registry. He's considered a moderate risk who has served no time in prison.
Some are reminded of the case of schoolteacher Debra Lafave, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to having sex with a 14-year-old student but served no prison time over concerns for her safety because she was deemed to be too pretty.
She was too pretty to go to prison, and now it seems this man was too rich.