Normally if a man was to commit such a thing on an underage girl he would be in jail for a number of years. However Delaware favors well paid lawyers and if you have one he/she will get you off, such as in the above case, or the case of Robert Richards the 4th (unemployed heir living off his DuPont trust fund) who raped his infant son and three year old daughter. The judge said he would not fare well in jail and the charge was downgraded to 4th degree rape and he did no jail time and only had to go to a sex offender rehabilitation program.Now let’s compare it to Tom and Nicole McGuire of Delmar. Found guilty of sexually abusing a boy and a girl under 16 years of age and they received 15 years in jail. Different state, different case, different lawyer, and was the deciding factor was that one of the abused people was an underage girl? Had it just been the boy what would have been the sentence?
My favorite underage male abuse case in Delaware occurred in the apartment complex (Canterbury or Laverty Lane) north of the Bridgeville traffic light on Route 13. Every time I pass it I have to think back to 1994 when a Bridgeville woman named Shirley Cannon, at that time age 26, had 25 to 40 sexual encounters with boys between the age of 11 to 15. Since in Delaware anyone 16 and over is at the age of consent it is hard to say how many more were involved. She had parties at her apartment in which they would line up to enter her bedroom. She was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse in the third degree however using the double standard that; if it is young boys having sex with older women it isn’t as serious, the State of Delaware let her off by saying even though she was ten to 15 years older than the boys her mind had really only matured to that of a fifteen year old so it was not an older woman preying on young children. Let’s see a 26 year old man get away with that defense.
If it is rape - it is rape - for male or females, not just a sly wink and grin at the underage boy and a light sentence for the female abuser.