Brock Turner: A Stanford swimmer’s rape case

Brock Turner registered as a sex offender in Ohio on the morning of September 6, 2016, days after the ex-Stanford student’s release from a three-month jail stint for sexually assaulting an unconscious female student also studying at Stanford University.  Turner must register every 90 days for the rest of his life as a Tier III sex offender.

Stanford swimmer, Turner was caught by a few graduate students raping a woman outside a fraternity house around one in the morning on January 18, 2015. He was arraigned (called before a criminal court to hear the charge made against him) on February 2, 2015. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $150,000 bail.

At Turner’s hearing on October 6, 2015, he pleaded not guilty again. Two of the five felony charges were dropped: rape of an intoxicated person, and rape of an unconscious person. He was put on trial for assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.

Turner was found guilty of all three charges on March 30, 2016.  He was facing ten years or less in jail (that is the maximum sentence for his crime).

Stanford released a statement on June 1, 2016 saying that they took actions to help the victim of the situation and give her support. Two weeks after the crime was committed, Stanford investigated and banned Turner from setting foot on the Stanford campus.

Turner’s sentence was reduced to six months in jail and three years of probation on June 2, 2016. He also was required to register as a sex offender. Judge Persky said he reduced the sentence because of Turner’s clean criminal record. “I think he will not be a danger to others,” Persky said to CNN.

Although sentences vary according to each specific case, the average sentence for rape is 9.8 years, but those who are convicted usually only end up serving 5.4 years in prison.

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