Former Ravens cheerleader pleads guilty to rape charge
Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, pled guilty to one count of Rape in the Fourth Degree earlier this week.
The plea took place in Sussex County Superior Court on Tuesday, June 16, before Judge E. Scott Bradley. During the “plea by appointment,” Bradley asked Shattuck a number of questions.
Shattuck acknowledged that by pleading guilty she understood she was waiving her rights to a trial, which had been scheduled to begin June 22.
“Did you commit the offense you are pleading guilty to?” asked Bradley of Shattuck.
“Yes,” she replied.
Rape in the Fourth Degree is a Class C felony, and Shattuck faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. One of Shattuck’s attorneys, Eugene Maurer, stated in court that she has no prior convictions. She will be registered as a Tier II “moderate-risk” sex offender. She is to not have contact with any minors, with the exception of her three children.
In November 2014, a Grand Jury charged Shattuck with two counts of Rape in the Third Degree for performing oral sex on a minor who was 15 years old at the time. She was also charged with four counts of Unlawful Sexual Contact in the Second Degree, and three counts of Providing Alcoholic Liquor to a Minor. At that time, she pled not guilty and was released on $84,000 bond.
The indictment states the incidents took place last Labor Day in a rented beach house in Bethany Beach.
Following Tuesday’s court appearance, Shattuck’s Baltimore-based attorney, Michelle Lipkowitz, gave a brief statement on behalf of her client.
“Ms. Shattuck has accepted full responsibility for her actions today,” she said. “This is obviously a very difficult time; therefore, we ask that you respect the privacy of all involved. It would not be appropriate for me to make any further comments at this time.”
As part of the plea agreement, a pre-sentencing investigation will take place. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. in Sussex County Superior Court.