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Millionaire spared jail despite raping his 3-year-old daughter because he is too rich to be in prison

By Mason White 11:40 AM April 2, 2014
Robert H. Richards IV 

By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) A rich man avoided jail despite being convicted of raping his 3-year-old daughter, according to court proceedings in Delaware.

A judge sentenced the wealthy du Pont heir to probation this week, because “he will not fare well in prison.”

The rape case against Robert H. Richards IV, became public this month after his former wife reportedly filed a claim for damages for abusing her daughter. According to the lawsuit, Richards raped his daughter when she was only 3 years old.

The girl told her grandmother about the abuse, and Richards pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree rape. The complaint also alleged that Richards abused his young son.

Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden said that Richards needed treatment instead of imprisonment. Richards had faced up to 15 years in prison.

Richards, a great-grandson of Irenee du Pont, is unemployed and supported by a trust fund.