FILE - This January 2015 file booking photo released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office shows Brock Turner. The former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman is poised to leave jail Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, after serving half a six-month sentence that critics denounced as too lenient. (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office via AP, File) (AP)

Stanford rapist Brock Turner released from jail after serving just three months

Turner — convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015 — is now a free man, after a mere 92 days


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Brendan Gauthier
September 2, 2016 8:20PM (UTC)

Brock Turner, the Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, was released from Santa Clara County jail on Friday after serving just three months of his six-month sentence.

In June, Judge Aaron Persky — a Stanford alumnus — found Turner guilty of three felony counts of sexual assault — which precedented upwards of fourteen years in prison — but determined, "A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him." Backlash led the creation of a petition to recall Persky, who was subsequently removed from a similar sexual assault case shortly thereafter.

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Opponents charged Persky with racial bias — and Turner with white privilege — after it was revealed that in 2014 Persky had sentenced 32-year-old El Salvadoran immigrant Raul Ramirez to three years in prison for similar crimes.

Turner, 21, is presumed to be returning to his family's home near Dayton, Ohio. He will now have to serve three years of probation and register as a sex offender.


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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