DuPont heir avoids jail time after raping two of his children


DuPont heir avoids jail time, but faces lawsuit after pleading guilty to raping his own toddler aged children

By John Vibes

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE (INTELLIHUB) — A DuPont family heir who avoided jail time after pleading guilty to raping his 3-year-old daughter almost a decade ago, 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, according to USA Today.  For pleading guilty to raping his daughter he was only sentenced to probation, and he has seen no consequences in this most recent case of raping his toddler aged son.

Richards is a member of both the DuPont family, who built the worldwide chemical empire, and the Richards family, who co-founded the prestigious corporate law firm Richards Layton & Finger.

Richards was able avoid any jail time, thanks to his overpriced lawyers and the prestige of his families.


Currently, the charges being filed against him are only civil.  His ex wife has filed a lawsuit against him for punitive damages.

The lawsuit points to comments that Richards made while on probation.

According to the lawsuit, he admitted in April 2010 to sexually abusing his son. Those assaults began around December 2005, when the boy was 19 months old, and continued for about two years, the lawsuit said.

These accusations are not just hearsay, as Richards allegedly made a confession during a lie detector test. 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.”

That September, his probation officer informed Superior Court that during the polygraph, “the possibility of sexual contact” with his son “came to light.”

“This self-confessed, admitted rapist and child abuser didn’t go to jail, and, in fact, he stays in luxury where he has always been,” attorney Thomas C. Crumplar, who represents the children and Richards’ ex-wife Tracy, said during a news conference Tuesday.

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John Vibes is an investigative journalist, staff writer and editor for Intellihub News where this article originally appeared. He is also the author of an 90 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” and is an artist with an established record label. You can find him on his Facebook.
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  • AmaterasuSolar

    There is a solution to privilege…


    “ALL money systems promote the most psychopathic to the top of the money/power heap – THEY will do ANYTHING to get there.”
    “The love of money is the root of all evil; remove the soil in which the root grows…”
    “If the universe is made of mostly “dark” energy…can We use it to run Our cars?”
    “If You want peace, take the PROFIT out of war.”

  • Zack Trudell-Dow

    This exactly why we should rape everyone, at all times, everywhere.

  • Marco

    Seems Delaware’s Attorney General, Beau Biden, son of our Vice President, has some serious ‘splaining to do.
    After all, with much fanfare, Beau Biden placed preventing/punishing child predators at the top of this platform when he was elected AG in 2006. The plea bargaining/deal-making that has kept Richards IV out of jail (2008) and knowledge of potential subsequent abuse (2010) occurred well after.

  • David

    Its like the story of the police officer not being charged for rape because raping a girl in the butt isn’t rape due to Rape only being vaginal rape according to the law. So he got sexual assault only.

  • spokencitizen

    yeah layton the bed and let me finger……this guy should get whatever comes to him in prison….and male prisoners HATE child molesters