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Updated: Former Ravens Cheerleader Sentenced to Probation for Rape

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Molly Shattuck is shown in this video still. (Credit: YouTube) Molly Shattuck is shown in this video still. (Credit: YouTube)

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced Friday to nearly two years of probation, with every other weekend in custody, after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Bethany Beach. 

Shattuck, often gasping for breath and sometimes weeping uncontrollably during the hearing, collapsed to her knees in the Sussex County courtroom after she was sentenced.

Judge E. Scott Bradley sentenced the mother of three to the maximum 15-year prison term for fourth-degree rape but suspended the prison time for probation. Shattuck, 48, must report every other weekend, for a total of 48 weekends, to a secure probation center, where offenders live in communal barracks and are assigned to various chores and community service projects.  

She must register as a moderate-risk sex offender, continue therapy and undergo sex disorder counseling. She also must bear the costs of the victim's psychological therapy and pay $10,650 restitution to his parents, who urged Bradley to put Shattuck behind bars.

"Miss Shattuck is a criminal," the teen's mother said. "She is admits to being a rapist...What she did to my son is heinous....She stole his innocence.  Any adult that rapes a child deserves to be in prison."

The victim's mother added that her son has become somber and distrusting of others. 

"He is changed," she said. "No longer is he care-free and happy-go-lucky."

The boy's father said the family has struggled to come to grips with what happened, noting that Shattuck reached out to the boy through her own 15-year-old son, whose message was: "Call my mom. She thinks you're hot."

WBOC is not naming the parents to avoid identifying the teen. WBOC generally does not name victims of sexual assault.

Shattuck, crying so hard at times that her words were indiscernible, apologized to the victim's family.
    
"I take full responsibility for what I did. I never, ever, ever intended, obviously, to hurt anybody," she said. "I will spend the rest of my life making this right."

Shattuck pleaded guilty in June to one felony count of fourth-degree rape. She entered the plea just days before her scheduled trial on two counts of the more serious charge of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact, and three counts of providing alcohol to minors. 

"I made mistakes," she said. "And I would like to ask for forgiveness."

The teen, a classmate of one of Shattuck's children at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., told police last September that Shattuck began an inappropriate relationship with him near Baltimore and that it culminated with sexual activity at a vacation rental home in Bethany Beach over Labor Day weekend. The indictment alleged that Shattuck provided alcohol to three boys under the legal drinking age on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 of last year and that she had sexual contact with one boy on or about Aug. 31.
    
"This was not a momentary lapse in judgment," said prosecutor John Donahue, who argued for prison time for Shattuck. "She groomed him, seduced him, supplied him with alcohol, then took advantage of him, all for her own gratification."
    
Defense attorney Eugene Maurer asked for leniency, saying Shattuck "has had struggles throughout her life," which included her former husband leaving her for a younger woman.
    
"It was a pretty devastating blow to her psyche," he said.
    
"The press has reveled in her fall from prominence in the Baltimore area," added Maurer, who described Shattuck as "a caring, empathetic, good and decent person."
    
Shattuck was divorced in November from Mayo Shattuck, former CEO of Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and current chairman of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. Exelon, which has electric and gas utilities in Maryland, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, now owns Constellation.
    
In 2005, Shattuck became the oldest NFL cheerleader in history up to that time, winning a spot on the Ravens squad on her first tryout. She cheered for two years and was a part-time coach for six more years.
    
Shattuck also has worked as a fitness consultant and advocate, publishing a book called "Vibrant Living" last year.
    
After her arrest, Shattuck resigned as a board member of the Baltimore School for the Arts, a public high school.
    
Raeann Warner, a Delaware attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases, said she was surprised that Shattuck was not given any prison time.
    
"It just seems light ... and not in accord with sentences in cases involving less heinous sexual acts that were committed by males," Warner said. "I hope it's not because she's a woman."
    
Maurer said he did not think gender played a role in the sentence.
    
"I would hope not. ... I think that the notion that boys, or young boys, are happy about this kind of thing, I think that's a misguided notion and it's a relic of past thinking. I don't think the sex of the victim had anything to do with the sentence."

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