Stanford University rapist Brock Turner has two months cut from his six-month sentence

By Staff writers

Stanford University rapist Brock Turner has already had two months cut from his lenient six-month prison sentence, the Daily Mail reports.

A probation report published by the Mail reveals Turner has repeatedly lied to his probation officer about the attack.

With two months taken off his sentence, Turner is due to serve only four months time in prison and will be released in September.

Turner has yet to show remorse for his crime, insisting that he and the victim were kissing and that she gave consent before the act took place.

Daily Mail has reported that the Santa Clara district attorney intervened in the probation process to point out that the "defendant was untruthful in his testimony" to the officer.

The documents obtained by the Mail also reveal that Turner has requested a transfer to serve his three-year probation in Ohio, where his family lives.

In his statement, Turner claims to have been "very drunk" and says he "got close" with the victim at the party.

"We danced and kissed. Then I asked her if she wanted to go back to my room with me. She agreed and we were walking back to my room and she slipped on a slope beside a wooden shed and I got down on the ground with her and we started kissing."

In the statement he made to police immediately after the attack, Turner claimed to have met the victim outside and later told officers that he "would not recognise her if he saw her again".

In the probabtion statement Turner claimed the victim had "made a positive response" when he brought up the idea of "sexual interaction".

"I idiotically rationalised that since we had been making out when each of us fell to the ground, that it would be a good idea to take things a step further since we were just in the heat of the moment at that location. I pull away from kissing her and whisper in her ear if she wanted me to finger her. She responds to me and acknowledges what I said with saying 'Yeah'."

In the statement read out at court during his sentencing, the 20-year-old swimmer blamed the party culture at the university for his crime.

While revealing he would give anything to change what happened that night, Turner refused to acknowledge his victim's pain and instead goes on to reveal how he is a changed person who never wants to touch alcohol again.

Here are excerpts from the statement read out to the court:

• "I've lost two jobs solely based on the reporting of my case. I wish I never was good at swimming or had the opportunity to attend Stanford, so maybe the newspapers wouldn't want to write stories about me. All I can do from these events moving forward is by proving to everyone who I really am as a person."

• "I want to show that people's lives can be destroyed by drinking and making poor decisions while doing so. One needs to recognise the influence that peer pressure and the attitude of having to fit in can have on someone. One decision has the potential to change your entire life. I know I can impact and change people's attitudes towards the culture surrounded by binge drinking and sexual promiscuity that protrudes through what people think is at the core of being a college student."

• "I've been shattered by the party culture and risk taking behaviour that I briefly experienced in my four months at school. I've lost my chance to swim in the Olympics. I've lost my ability to obtain a Stanford degree. I've lost employment opportunity, my reputation and most of all, my life. These things force me to never want to put myself in a position where I have to sacrifice everything."

• "I will never put myself through an event where it will give someone the ability to question whether I really can be a betterment to society. I want no one, male or female, to have to experience the destructive consequences of making decisions while under the influence of alcohol. ... I want to let young people now, as I did not, that things can go from fun to ruined in just one night."

Turner's victim said in a phone interview on Tuesday that Turner's statement was harmful.

"People need to know that this way of thinking is dangerous. It's threatening. More than my emotions, it's my safety, everyone else's safety. It's not just me feeling sad and defeated. It's honest fear," she said.

"The anger everyone is expressing has so many levels of being hurt and feeling that fear. Anger is how a lot of us are expressing it, but it comes from a place of pain. It's unacceptable. There's no way you can wiggle out of this."

Controversial judge receives new term

The case has sparked universal outrage with many furious at what they see as a light sentence for his crime.

Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer, was found guilty in March of three counts of sexual assault for the 2015 attack.

He faced a maximum of 14 years in state prison, but on Thursday was sentenced to just six months in jail and probation.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky drew criticism for sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail. Photo / AP
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky drew criticism for sentencing former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail. Photo / AP

Judge Aaron Persky has come under fire for the lenient sentence, with more than 682,000 people signing a petition calling for him to "be removed from his judicial position."

Despite the backlash, the controversial judge has just received a new six-year judicial term.

USA Today reported Persky would have faced voters on Tuesday, but his election was cancelled because there were no challengers.

Stanford law professor Michele Dauber told the publication she doesn't think Persky will complete his term.

"His victory will be short-lived," she said. "I am 100 per cent confident we will recall him. His decision hit every woman in the state of California in the gut."

Dauber, who has created a formal recall website, added: "His ruling was dangerous and wrongheaded. We need to replace him with someone who understands violence against women."


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