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Du Pont Heir Who Got Off Easy After Admittedly Raping His Daughter, Now Sued for Allegedly Abusing His Son

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Robert H Richardsby Cris Barrish, The News Journal/Delaware Online

A du Pont family heir who received no prison time after pleading guilty to raping his 3 year-old daughter nearly a decade ago faces a lawsuit from his former wife that accuses him of sexually abusing his toddler son.

Robert H. Richards IV, 47, on probation after pleading guilty in 2008 to fourth-degree rape of his daughter, has never been charged with crimes against his son. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court provides in-depth details about a child rape case that did not receive media attention and Delaware authorities never disclosed publicly.

Richards is a scion of two prominent Delaware families – the du Pont family, who built the worldwide chemical empire, and the Richards family, who co-founded the prestigious corporate law firm Richards Layton & Finger. Du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont is his great-grandfather. His father, Robert H. Richards III, was a partner in the law firm until his 2008 retirement.

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© 2014 Delaware Online/The News Journal

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