WILMINGTON, Del. — A du Pont family heir who raped his 3-year-old daughter nearly a decade ago but received no prison time now faces a lawsuit from his former wife that accuses him of sexually abusing his toddler son.
Robert H. Richards IV, 47, who is supported by a trust fund and who paid $1.8 million for his 5,800-square-foot mansion near Winterthur Museum, pleaded guilty in 2008 to fourth-degree rape of his daughter. Currently on probation, he has never been charged with crimes against his son.
Richards is a scion of two prominent Delaware families — the du Pont family who built the chemical empire and the Richards family who co-founded the prestigious corporate law firm Richards Layton & Finger
Utilizing "his family's wealth and position in the community," Richards IV hired prominent Wilmington defense attorney Eugene J. Maurer Jr. and denied the charges, the lawsuit said. But after volunteering for and failing a polygraph examination, he admitted abusing his child, "then claimed that he was ill and that he needed medical treatment," the lawsuit said.
The revelations allegedly came while Richards was taking a lie detector test, ordered in an attempt to get Richards to be more forthcoming about his sexual history. Richards told the examiner he "was very concerned that something happened with his son but that he has repressed the memories,' " He told the examiner he worried that his acts were "similar to what happened with his daughter," the lawsuit said. "But he promised that whatever I did to my son, I will never do it again."
reply to post by SaturnFX
Well, I don't know the details of this case, so won't debate it either way.
reply to post by FeistyFemme
When will things change?
Hey, Du Pont invented TEFLON...Nothing will stick to this guy....
This makes me nauseated. I don't care whose rich seed you are spawned from...IF YOU DO THE CRIME, YOU DO THE TIME.
Too bad vigilantism is against the law. Some are in desperate need of justice in it's oldest and purest form.
reply to post by WeRpeons
This case reminds me of the rich teen that didn't receive jail time for driving drunk and killing four people.
A Morgan Stanley wealth manager will not face felony charges for a hit-and-run because Colorado prosecutors don't want him to lose his job.
Martin Joel Erzinger, who manages more than $1 billion in assets for Morgan Stanley in Denver, is being accused only of a misdemeanor for allegedly driving his Mercedes into a cyclist and then fleeing the scene, Colorado's Vail Daily reports. The victim, Dr. Steven Milo, whom Erzinger allegedly hit in July, suffered spinal cord injuries, bleeding from his brain and, according to his lawyer Harold Haddon, "lifetime pain."
But District Attorney Mark Hurlbert says it wouldn't be wise to prosecute Erzinger -- doing so might hurt his source of income. Here's Vail Daily:
reply to post by deadcalm
I totally agree. This case reminds me of the rich teen that didn't receive jail time for driving drunk and killing four people. They even created a new psychiatric term to get this rich kid off...Affluenza! Any other working class family kid would have been thrown in jail. We do have two legal systems, one for haves and one for the haves not.