Brock Turner returns to Ohio, registers as sex offender

Brock Turner  WHIO
Brock Turner WHIO
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07 September, 2016

About a dozen demonstrators, some of them armed with guns, stood outside of convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner's family home in OH on Saturday carrying signs condemning his release just one day after he was freed from serving three of his six months' sentence in a Santa Clara County jail. In June, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months for sexually assaulting an unconscous woman behind a fraternity house dumpster, arguing that a longer prison time would "severely impact" the 20-year old, at the time a promising athlete on the Stanford swim team. The brevity of Turner's sentence - six months, with eligibility to be released after three - sparked outrage against the judge and controversy over how the justice system treats sexual assault survivors.

There, about a dozen protesters stood outside the Turner's home in Sugarcreek Township, as police watched.

A screen grab of Brock Turner's sex offender registration from Ohio. USA Swimming subsequently banned Turner for life, and Vice President Joe Biden wrote a powerful public letter to Turner's anonymous victim.

Following Turner's release from jail, Sheriff Laurie Smith said she believed his sentence was too light.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has until September 30 to decide whether he is going to sign that bill.

In Stanford University's official statement, the school maintained that it "did everything within its power to assure that justice was served in this case".

Turner also must meet with a state officer for his probation. Prosecutors in the case had recommended a sentencing of six years.

Turner must register as a sex offender for life, checking in every three months, and he faces three years of supervised probation.

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Turner was convicted of sexual assault and is required to register as a part of his sentencing.

Mr Persky voluntarily removed himself from hearing criminal cases starting this week following the backlash.

Two bystanders on bicycles stopped Turner during the assault at Stanford University, at which point he began "rapidly running away from" the female victim, records show.

A jury convicted Turner of sexual assault.

Nearly a million people signed a recall petition for the judge, while those supporting him argued that censoring judges for sentencing goes down a risky slope.

Two passersby caught Turner in the act, chased after him and apprehended him before authorities reached the scene. That's because his offense qualified him as a Tier III sex offender, the most serious category under OH law; in less serious cases, sex offenders have to reregister annually.

The sheriff's department will send postcards to Turner's neighbors, alerting them of his presence in the neighborhood.


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