A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware last summer. Wearing a pained and anxious expression as the entered the courtroom, Molly Shattuck, 48, told a judge she understood that her plea to a single felony count of fourth-degree rape means she could face up to 15 years in prison. Shattuck, who will be sentenced Aug. 21, also will have to register as a sex offender. Under Delaware law, fourth-degree rape includes sexual intercourse or sexual penetration with a person under the age of 16. The offense does not carry any mandatory prison time, but the presumptive sentence is up to 30 months behind bars.
Shattuck 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. Shattuck refused to answer reporters' question as she was hustled out of the courthouse and into a waiting SUV. The victim, a classmate of one of Shattuck's children at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, 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. Shattuck was divorced in November from Mayo Shattuck, current chairman of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. (Read more statutory rape stories.)