Thursday 27 October 2016

Father of man jailed for sexual assault argues his son should not be punished for '20 minutes of action'

Published 06/06/2016 | 21:29

Brock Allen Turner
Brock Allen Turner

The father of a former Stanford University swimmer who received six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has drawn outrage by saying his son has already paid a steep price for "20 minutes of action".

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Dan Turner said in a letter to the judge the conviction has shattered 20-year-old Brock Turner, who has lost his appetite.

The letter was made public over the weekend by a Stanford law professor who wants Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky removed from office over the sentence.

Mr Persky, a Stanford graduate, sentenced Brock Turner to six months in county jail and three years' probation after the victim read an emotional statement in court that got widespread attention.

Turner been facing a 10-year prison term but was given just six months because he didn’t have a criminal past and was “remorseful” for what he did.

The woman said she was disappointed at the “gentle” sentence and was outraged that Turner still denied the attack.

He admitted that he removed her underwear and touched her with his hands, but denied raping her.

“Even if the sentence is light, hopefully this will wake people up,” she said.

“What he did to me doesn’t expire; (it) doesn’t just go away after a set number of years. It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life,” she said.

She said she had let her guard down at the party and “blacked out” after drinking four shots.

Two petitions on also push for a recall of Mr Persky, who is running unopposed for re-election on Tuesday.

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