Baltimore readers have likely all heard of Molly Shattuck, the former Ravens cheerleader and fitness author who was convicted of fourth-degree rape in Delaware in connection with an incident of sexual assault that occurred last summer in Bethany Beach. In that case, Shatuck pleaded guilty rather than take her case to trial.
Shattuck was sentenced last week to 48 weekends in a community corrections center in Delaware, and will be required to pay the boy’s family $10,000 and register as a sex offender for 20 years. More penalties could result if she violates the terms of her probation. Now that Shattuck’s Delaware case has been resolved, Baltimore authorities are apparently reconsidering the possibility of criminal charges.
Sources don’t provide much detail other than to say that Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said he would be reaching out to the victim’s family and looking into the possibility of Maryland charges. Charges here in Maryland would apparently be based on contact Shattuck had with the victim in Columbia, Mount Airy and Owing Mills last July.
The Shattuck case is obviously a scandalous one, given the nature of the allegations. It remains to be seen what will become of potential charges here in Maryland, but Shattuck obviously has the right to her day in court. Just because she pleaded guilty in Delaware does not mean that will be the best course for her to take in a case here in Maryland. It all depends on the evidence prosecutors present and the circumstances of the case, should one be brought forward.
Baltimore.cbslocal.com, “Molly Shattuck May Face Additional Charges In Balt. Co.,” August 26, 2015.
Wbaltv.com, “Molly Shattuck sentenced in child sex abuse case,” Aug. 21, 2015.