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I first wrote about this case last November, then-47 year old Molly Shattuck, notably for at age 38 becoming the oldest woman ever hired as an NFL cheerleader when she was hired by the Baltimore Ravens.
Admittedly gratuitous cheerleader pic. – You’re welcome.
A recently divorced mother of three young children, she was arrested in November for having sex with (and providing alcohol to) a 15 year old boy. Well, now we have a follow-up to this affair (no pun intended) as yesterday this criminal case came to a close…
Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck is led out of the Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown, Del. on Friday morning.
(Photo: KYLE GRANTHAM/THE NEWS JOURNAL)
Ex-Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck must spend every other weekend in a Delaware work-release detention center for nearly two years, a judge decided in sentencing her for having raped a 15-year-old boy in Bethany Beach last summer. Shattuck, 48, spoke through heaving sobs as she apologized for committing the sexual offense. The Baltimore socialite and onetime NFL cheerleader pleaded guilty in June to one count of fourth-degree rape, an offense with a maximum sentence of 15 years but no mandatory minimum.
“I was the adult, and I’m sorry,” Shattuck said through tears before she was sentenced. “I never should have had the conversation with someone else’s son and I’m sorry … I will spend the rest of my life making this right.”
The mother and father of the victim asked Superior Court Judge E. Scott Bradley to sentence Shattuck to more than just probation time.
“What she did to my son is heinous. The fact that she paraded her pedophilia in front of her own son is even more disturbing,” the mother said. “Any adult who rapes a child deserves to be in prison. Please hold her accountable.”
The victim’s father, who also spoke to the court, said he was the one who dropped the boy off at the home Shattuck, her children and some of their other friends were staying in that night. Shattuck assured him, he said, that the children wouldn’t have any drugs or alcohol — that they’d all be safe with her.
“We were a half a mile away,” the father said ruefully. “Never did it enter my mind what was happening.”
Deputy Attorney General John Donahue pressed Bradley for a sentence of more than just probation, noting the guidelines called for a sentence between zero and 22 months. “This is a classic case of grooming behavior,” Donahue said. “This was not a momentary lapse in judgment.” The law, he said, makes no distinction between adult men and adult women who sexually abuse minor children.
Bradley sentenced Shattuck to two years of level 3 probation, and said she must report to a violation of probation center every other weekend, starting in September, until she has notched 48 weekends there. He also ordered her to pay $10,650 in restitution to the victim’s family. Shattuck must register in Delaware as a Tier II sex offender, and except for her own three children, she cannot have contact with people younger than 18.
So she could have faced up to 15 years and instead she got…2 years of probation?!? Oh, and she has to turn herself to spend every other weekend at a probation center? Sheesh, not even every weekend, but every OTHER weekend. Is it just me, or does that seem a tad light? As I said awhile ago in FEMALE PEDOPHILES AND DOUBLE STANDARDS (and, yes, I’ll be writing about that specific case again soon, be patient), there definitely seems to be a tendency to be lenient when it’s women accused of these crimes. I mean, just imagine that the genders were reversed here. Do you think a 47 year old man who plied a 15 year old girl with alcohol and then had sex with her would not get some serious jail time.
At least in most cases, yeah I know there are exceptions, but I can’t help but think that the fact that Shattuck is a woman, and her victim was a male, is why she didn’t get a harsher sentence, even when the prosecutor pressed for it.
That’s “justice” in America for ya…