Molly Shattuck was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to fourth-degree rape. All but two years were suspended, and she will spend 48 weeeknds in a Delaware jail. (Baltimore Sun video)
GEORGETOWN, DEL. — A Delaware judge sentenced former Ravens cheerleader and fitness author Molly Shattuck on Friday to 48 weekends in a community corrections center for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy.
Shattuck, who pleaded guilty in June to a count of fourth-degree rape as part of an agreement with prosecutors, is to spend alternating weekends in a facility in Delaware for the next two years. She is required to register as a sex offender in Maryland and Delaware, and forbidden to be around anyone under the age of 18 other than her children.
The 48-year-old mother of three admitted to performing oral sex on the teenager last summer at a rented vacation house in Bethany Beach, Del. The boy had attended McDonogh School in Owings Mills with her son.
"I take full responsibility for what I did," Shattuck, 48, said between sobs as she stood before Judge E. Scott Bradley. "I was the adult."
Shattuck is the former wife of Mayo A. Shattuck, former CEO of Constellation Energy, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. She won fame as the oldest cheerleader in NFL history.
Dressed in a dark suit and polka-dot blouse, she entered the Sussex County Courthouse on Friday morning surrounded by a group of women as photographers and reporters snapped photos.
Shattuck appeared to be shaken throughout the proceedings. She was incomprehensible at times during her testimony. She rocked back and forth at the defense table as defense attorney Michelle N. Lipkowitz placed her hand on Shattuck's back.
Shattuck is to report to a Delaware violation-of-probation center during the first weekend of September, and return every other weekend for two years.
The sentencing order does not specify which center Shattuck must report to, said Carl Kanefsky, spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice.
The 250-bed Sussex Violation of Probation Center in Georgetown is described on the state website as a "military-style, highly regimented program of discipline," with a "no-frills environment" in which offenders rise at 5 a.m.
The tan, warehouse-like building is part of a larger correctional campus run by the state, a few miles from the courthouse where Shattuck was sentenced.
"It's not a walk in the park," defense attorney Eugene Maurer told reporters outside the courthouse. He had asked the judge for probation, and called the sentence fair.
"[The judge] is punishing her … while at the same time not punishing her children," he said. Shattuck's children range in age from 12 to 16.
But her sentence drew criticism from some victims' advocates. Lisae C. Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, called it "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.
Raeann Warner, a civil attorney in Delaware who represents sexual abuse victims, said she was surprised by the sentence. She said many people tend to think that abuse by female perpetrators against male victims is less serious than it is.
"That's not fair or right, because boys are just as scarred by this," she said.
The judge heard emotional testimony from the victim's parents.
The boy's mother said Shattuck had stolen her son's innocence. She described changes in her son, who she said now finds it difficult to trust people.
"Miss Shattuck is a criminal," the victim's mother said. "She admits to being a rapist. ... She must be held responsible."
The teen's father recalled dropping his son off at the beach house. He asked Shattuck whether she could handle taking care of the big group of kids staying at the house. While he worried the teens could sneak out and find alcohol, he said, he never imagined Shattuck would violate his son.
Weeks later, he stood "elbow to elbow" with Shattuck at a school social event.
"That woman stood right next to me after having raped my son," the father said.
He said Shattuck reached out to his son through her own son with the message "Call my mom. She thinks you're hot."
The Baltimore Sun does not generally name victims of sexual assault.
Prosecutor John Donahue called the case a "classic" example of victim grooming. He said Shattuck groomed the teenager for three months before the incident at the vacation house.
"This was not an interaction between two adults," said Donahue. He asked Bradley to incarcerate Shattuck.
Sentencing guidelines in the case called for up to 22 months for the fourth-degree rape charge. Shattuck faced other charges that were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
Maurer, the defense attorney, said Mayo Shattuck had left Molly Shattuck for a younger woman, which was a blow to her psyche.
Later Friday, an attorney for Mayo Shattuck called the claim "completely erroneous."
"After the hearing, Molly apologized to Mayo for that comment by her lawyer, which she said came as a shock to her," attorney Sandy Ain told The Baltimore Sun.
Maurer, reached late Friday, declined to comment.
Ain said his client had no comment on the sentence his former wife received.
"Mayo's principal goal is to protect his children and to have his privacy protected as much as possible," Ain said. "The whole episode has been disastrous for the family and for their children."
In handing down the sentence, Bradley said he couldn't imagine what either the victim or Molly Shattuck have been through.
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The judge sentenced Shattuck to 15 years in prison — the maximum sentence for the charges — with all but two years suspended. The two years are to be served as probation, with the alternating weekends in the Delaware facility. She also will be required to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.
As the courtroom emptied after the sentencing, Shattuck collapsed into a chair.
Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton contributed to this article.