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Friday, August 21, 2015

Molly Shattuck sentenced in child sex abuse case

Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced Friday to 48 weekends in jail after pleading guilty earlier this summer to a child sex abuse charge.


Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced Friday to 48 weekends in jail after pleading guilty earlier this summer to a child sex abuse charge.

Shattuck, 47, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree rape in June, admitting that she performed a sex act on a 15-year-old boy at a beach house in Delaware last Labor Day.
In a Delaware courtroom on Friday, Shattuck tearfully expressed remorse and apologized to the boy and his family.
"Mrs. Shattuck is extremely sorry for any pain and all pain she may have caused. She is determined to demonstrate, at this point, to all involved her sorrow, her remorse and full acceptance of responsibility for any poor decisions she made," defense attorney Michelle Lipkowitz said.
Shattuck pleaded for forgiveness, telling the judge: "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."
Shattuck addressed the allegation that she met the boy last year through text messages sent by her own son, saying, "I never should have responded and had conversations with someone else's son."
Shattuck's lawyer blamed her involvement with the boy, in part, on being emotionally distraught by the breakup of her marriage.
"Her husband left her without a whole lot of notice for a younger woman. It was abrupt," the attorney said in court.
Shattuck's Baltimore lawyer called Friday afternoon to say Shattuck wanted to clarify what her other lawyer said in court about her marital breakup, saying: "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."
Prosecutors had asked for 22 months of jail for Shattuck, while defense attorneys sought no jail time in the case. The victim's parents asked the judge for incarceration, saying the impact on their son has been "devastating" and calling Shattuck a rapist.
"Ms. Shattuck is a criminal. She stole his innocence. He is changed," the boy's mother said in court.
Shattuck's full sentence was the maximum of 15 years in prison with all suspended but 48 weekends in jail. But that time hangs over her head and would come into play if she violates probation.
Shattuck must also pay the boy's family $10,000 and register as a sex offender for the next 20 years.
"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," defense attorney Eugene Maurer said.
Shattuck will serve her sentence over two years. She cried throughout the sentencing hearing, which was attended by her family. Before the hearing, Shattuck could be seen praying.