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Dupont Heir Dodges Child Rape Because He Wouldn’t 'Fare Well'

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(FOX 11 / FOX News) A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he "will not fare well" in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show.

Judge Jan Jurden's sentencing order for Robert H. Richards IV suggested that she considered unique circumstances when deciding his punishment for fourth-degree rape. Her observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards was a rare and puzzling rationale, several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said. Some also said her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.

Richards was convicted of rape in 2009. This story only came to light again in March 2014 because of a civil lawsuit filed by his ex-wife.

Source: (Cris Barrish / FOX News - FOX Nation)

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