Molly Shattuck’s sentencing found the former Ravens cheerleader guilty of raping a 15-year-old teen boy, but the family was outraged since Shattuck only received probation instead of years in jail.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, when Molly Shattuck was first indicted she faced two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact, and three of providing alcohol to a minor. All of these charges were tossed, except for the remaining charge of rape in the fourth degree, to which she pleaded guilty.
According to Delaware laws, a person is guilty of rape in the fourth degree when the perpetrator meets these conditions.
“Intentionally engages in sexual intercourse with another person, and the victim has not yet reached that victim’s eighteenth birthday, and the person is 30 years of age or older, except that such intercourse shall not be unlawful if the victim and person are married at the time of such intercourse.”
When considering the facts of the case, Molly Shattuck’s sentencing noted her actions from the past and how her divorce from her husband affected her judgment.
“Her husband left her without a whole lot of notice for a younger woman. It was abrupt,” Shattuck’s lawyer said.
At the same time, Shattuck herself took full responsibility for her actions.
“It is categorically untrue that my ex-husband or anyone else is to blame. No one else is to blame. I take full responsibility for my actions,” she said. “I take full responsibility for what I did. I never intended to hurt anybody. I will spend the rest of my life making this right.”
In May of 2014, the former Ravens cheerleader met the teen boy through her own son’s Instagram.
“I never should have responded and had conversations with someone else’s son,” she admitted.
Shattuck proceeded to pick up the boy multiple times during the summer, and they kissed and touched during one meeting. The issue of rape occurred during Labor Day weekend in Bethany Beach, Delaware, where Shattuck, her children, and some of her kids’ friends were staying in a rented beach house. It is said Shattuck picked up the rape victim while leaving her own children at this beach rental. Court documents note that Shattuck “performed oral sex on the boy, first outside the home while walking the dog and again in her bedroom.”
Later on during the same night, the ex-Ravens cheerleader apparently offered to have full sexual intercourse with the teenager and she performed oral sex once again. She then told him “if he wanted to have sex she would. The boy opted out. He decided to leave. At that point, she told him to come back later but he did not go back.”
The boy’s father recalls dropping his son off at the beach house, and he described how he and Shattuck stood “elbow to elbow” during a school social event.
“That woman stood right next to me after having raped my son,” the father said.
During Molly Shattuck’s sentencing, the prosecutors asked for 22 months of jail time, although the law allowed for up to 15 years in prison. Instead, the former Ravens cheerleader will only serve 48 weekends in jail. She must also pay the boy’s family $10,000 and register as a sex offender. She is also forbidden to be with children younger than 18 years old except for her own children.
But this punishment is not enough for the boy’s family.
“Ms. Shattuck is a criminal. She stole his innocence. He is changed,” the boy’s mother said in court.
When defense attorney Eugene Maurer was asked about the relatively light punishment, he said that Molly Shattuck’s sentencing took into account the effect on her own children, who range in age from 12 to 16 years old.
“He is punishing her, but the 48 weekends, he called it the (Violation of Probation) Center, it’s basically jail, while at the same time, not punishing (Shattuck’s) children and giving them the opportunity to be with her most of the time,” Maurer said, according to the Baltimore Sun and WBAL. “[The judge] is punishing her … while at the same time not punishing her children.”
Lisae C. Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, called the sentence “totally inappropriate.”
“It’s certainly a significant accommodation to a defendant to allow a sentence to be served on weekends, much less every other weekend,” she said.
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