Condemn Decision Allowing Wealthy Rapist to Avoid Prison


Target: Judge Jan Jurden

Goal: Condemn decision to allow rapist to go on probation without serving jail time

A wealthy Delaware man dodged prison after being convicted of raping his three-year-old daughter, where the State Superior Court ruled that the man would “not fare well” in prison. Instead of sentencing the man to prison – where he would not pose a danger to his child and family – the judge sentenced Robert H. Richards IV to treatment. The judge on this case should be condemned for making a poor decision, and allowing this criminal a light sentence.

Richards was charged with fourth degree rape in 2009 and is an unemployed heir living off of his trust fund. The case of his probation recently came to light when his ex wife filed a lawsuit against Richards, which charged that he penetrated his three-year-old daughter with his fingers while masturbating and subsequently assaulted his son as well. It’s believed that his wealth allowed him to avoid prison and instead get probation.

Richards is the great grandson of du Pont patriarch Irenee du Pont, a chemical baron. According to the lawsuit, Richards did admit to assaulting both his son and daughter between the years 2005 to 2007. He was indicted with two charges of second degree child rape, which is a mandatory 10 year sentence per offense. Richards then used his wealth to hire one of the state’s top law firms where he was offered a plea deal of one count of fourth degree rape counts. This plea does not carry a mandatory jail sentence and according to the judge, was sentenced to a sex offender rehabilitation program.

This man used his wealth to avoid jail for his crimes and the presiding judge should be condemned for making a poor decision. This man poses a threat to his family and should be serving jail time for his crimes. Whether a criminal is wealthy or poor, the fact of the matter is, a law was broken and those who broke it should face punishment. Sign this petition and condemn the judge for letting this incestuous criminal off the hook.


Dear Judge Jan Jurden,

I am writing this letter to express my disgust and frustration with your recent sentence of Robert H. Richards IV, who instead of being sent to prison for his crimes, was sent to probation. This wealthy and unemployed man used his wealth to avoid prison. He caused emotional and physical trauma to both his children and ex wife, and the justice system should thoroughly punish him.

Whether the criminal is poor or wealthy, no one fares well in prison. And I’m sure the family that Richards assaulted will not fare well knowing that this man was not in prison, but instead is in a rehabilitation program. I am outraged at your decision and cannot believe you’ve let this demented man off the hook.


[Your Name Here]

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