Attacker's father slams his son's sex assault sentence
The father of a Stanford University student found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has argued that his son should not have to go to prison for "20 minutes of action".
Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison last week after being convicted of three felonies, including assault with intent to rape. He is expected to serve only three months, and some observers have criticised Judge Aaron Persky for being too lenient.
Judge Persky told the court that positive character references and Turner's previous good behaviour had been factors in his sentencing decision, adding: "Is incarceration in prison the right answer for the poisoning of (the woman's) life?"
During the trial the court had heard that Turner (20) had been discovered assaulting the unconscious victim behind a rubbish bin by two graduate students, who detained him and alerted police after he attempted to flee.
The victim wrote a letter that was read out in court in which she described the huge impact the assault has had on her life: "My independence, natural joy, gentleness and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty," she said.
Dan Turner, the convicted man's father, wrote a letter prior to last week's sentencin, saying:
"His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve.
"This is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of 20-plus years of life."