A former NFL cheerleader will spend a year’s worth of weekends behind bars after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy she met on Instagram. On November 3, 2014, Molly Shattuck, 47, was indicted on nine offenses, including two counts of third-degree rape. She recently pleaded down to a fourth-degree rape charge to secure a lighter sentence after originally maintaining her innocence. On August 21, 2015, she was sentenced to spend 48 weekends, spread over two years, in a detention center and must register as a sex offender.
Shattuck openly cried in court when she said, “I was the adult, and I’m sorry. I never should have had the conversation with someone else’s son and I’m sorry. … I will spend the rest of my life making this right.” The parents of the victim had wanted a harsher penalty in the case.
Here’s what you need to know about Shattuck and her crime:
1. She Gained Fame as the NFL’s Oldest Cheerleader
Shattuck gained distinction as the National Football League’s oldest cheerleader — a feat she achieved in 2005 when she made the Baltimore Ravens’ squad at age 38.
Sports Illustrated reported that Shattuck had a list of “10 Things I Want to Do Before I Die,” and one of them was “Be an NFL cheerleader.”
In a 2014 interview she let the Baltimore Sun in on her secrets to maintaining the body of a woman half her age:
After I made the [Ravens] cheerleading squad, I had so many people asking me questions. “Do you work out all the time?” “You must eat nothing.” “Why do you have so much energy?” And as I thought through it, it was really quite easy. I realized it was water, it was good food, lots of vegetables, fruit and whole grains, beans and legumes. I don’t eat red meat, I haven’t eaten it since I was 12, so lean protein, and never coffee, soda or tea.
2. The Victim Is the Same Age as Her Son
According to the 15-year-old victim, he met Shattuck on Instagram in May, and they began a flirtatious exchange. She allegedly messaged him that “we would have fun together.”
DelawareOnline reports that Shattuck’s 15-year-old son “sent the victim his mother’s cell phone number, saying, ‘You should text my Mom, she is obsessed with you.'”
According to court documents, Shattuck and the victim had sexual contact in a movie theater parking lot and kissed on several occasions in her car.
The boy, who had traveled to the beach separately, asked his father for permission to spend the night with Shattuck’s family. Shattuck, documents say, assured the boy’s father that “there was no alcohol or drugs at the residence and she was the only adult.”
Around 2 a.m. August 31, she went to a liquor store to buy two 12-packs of beer. On the same night, documents say she performed oral sex on the victim while they were out walking her dog. She then allegedly performed the act again on him in a bedroom at the home and agreed to have sexual intercourse with him, but the docs say he backed out. His father came by the next day to pick up his son, and that was the last the boy saw of Shattuck.
According to her indictment (below, via Deadspin), Shattuck is accused of “putting her mouth on [the victim’s] penis,” “touching his penis,” letting or causing him to “touch her breasts with his mouth,” letting or causing him to “touch her vagina with his hand,” and letting or causing him to “touch her vagina with his penis.”
On Monday, November 3, Shattuck was charged with two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact and three counts of providing alcohol to minors. She appeared in court on November 5, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released after posting a $84,000 bail. At the time her lawyer said she was maintaining her innocence. WBAL reports that she turned over her passport and was ordered to have no contact with any minors, aside from her own children.
3. Her Estranged Husband Is One of Maryland’s Wealthiest Men
Baltimore Magazine reported that in 1997 Molly married Mayo Shattuck, who later became the multi-millionaire CEO of Constellation Energy Group. They met while working together at Alex. Brown & Sons, an investment banking firm where he was president and CEO and she was a marketing associate. Shattuck divorced his previous wife, Jennifer, in 1995.
A 2007 list of Baltimore’s most-powerful people describes Mayo Shattuck’s blue-blooded roots and his rise to success:
[Shattuck] comes from a privileged New England family that included a number of Harvard-educated investment bankers (his idea of rebelling was going to Williams College). [He] turned the once-struggling energy firm into the country’s largest competitive supplier of electricity to large commercial and industrial customers and the nation’s largest wholesale power seller.
Constellation Energy Group merged with Exelon Corporation in 2012, and Mayo Shattuck became chairman of Exelon. According to Forbes, his total compensation from Exelon in 2012 was more than $8 million. He also sits on the boards of directors for Gap and Capital One. As part of her defense, Shattuck said she had been living with a great deal of stress since her husband left her for a younger woman.
The couple have three children, ages 15, 11 and 8. In a Baltimore Sun piece from March 2014, Molly Shattuck was asked how long she’s been separated from her husband. She replied, “It’s been a while,” adding that the couple were still close and had no plans to divorce.
However, after Shattuck’s arrest her husband’s lawyer confirmed that the couple are divorced. Divorce papers were filed between the time of the alleged rape and the time of her indictment.
Shattuck lives with her children in the upscale neighborhood of Roland Park in Baltimore.
4. She Released a Book on Healthy Living
In February 2014, Shattuck released her book, Vibrant Living. When she launched the book, the Baltimore Sun wrote that she’s a vegetarian who doesn’t drink caffeine. She told the paper that her ideas about healthy living came from growing up on a modest Pennsylvania farm. The website she uses to promote the book, MollyShattuck.com, is down. Her Facebook and Instagram profiles also have been removed.
5. She Was Named ‘Philanthropist of the Year’
Shattuck has been involved with the United Way for 24 years. In 2011, she helped to launch the Access to Healthy Food Initiative. She told the Baltimore Sun in March 2014 that she has helped to distribute 5.1. million pounds of food.
On her now-deleted Facebook page, Shattuck listed her many philanthropic achievements:
Nina Collier Arts Champion Award – Young Audiences of Maryland. This honor is for her work and commitment in arts, education and basic needs for children. – March 26, 2011
The Mayor’s Community Service Recognition Top Honor (Baltimore, MD) – Award for charitable project created in 2005 with children on the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” (April 22, 2010 marked the 6th annual event since its creation) – December 2009
Philanthropist of the Year Award – United Way of Central Maryland – September 2008 (Mayo and Molly Shattuck were honored).
Recipient of the Star Trophy (most dollars raised) and Judge’s Choice Trophy (winner of dance contest) – The Alzheimer’s Association “Dancing Stars” event – Baltimore, MD – April 2008
The Baltimore Sun reports that in the wake of her arrest, Shattuck has “resigned from all her nonprofit boards.”