Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stanford sex attacker Brock Turner may have sent friends photo of victim's breasts

Published 11/06/2016 | 20:14

Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office/AP)
Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in prison (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office/AP)
Brock Turner, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Califiornia Photo: Dan Honda/AP

Brock Turner, the Stanford University student convicted of sexual assault may have sent a photograph of his victim's breasts to friends during the attack, it has emerged.

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Detectives  saw a notification appear on Turner's phone reading "WHOS TIT IS THAT" (sic), court documents show. The message came from a fellow member of Stanford's swim team.

Brock Turner, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Califiornia Photo: Dan Honda/AP
Brock Turner, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alto, Califiornia Photo: Dan Honda/AP

Twenty-year-old Turner was arrested in January 2015 after two students witnessed him laying on top of his motionless victim behind a dumpster. The passerbys intervened and held Turner until police arrived

Based on the timing of the message and the fact that the victim's bra had been pulled off one of her breasts, police concluded that Turner had probably sent a photograph.

However, after getting a search warrant for his phone, they were not able to find his phone.

The message was sent in an application called Geoup Mr, which allows any member of a group to delete an image.

A search of Turner's phone found photographs and text messages relating to drug and alcohol use, despite the fact that a key facet of his defence was that he was an inexperienced drinker caught up in the party culture on campus.

Turner was sentenced to six months in jail last week. Once seen as a future Olympian, Turner has also been banned for life by USA Swimming.

The case against one-time Olympic hopeful Brock Turner has gripped the US, with letters to a judge from Turner's family and friends drawing outrage from critics who say they shift blame from a 20-year-old man who won't take responsibility for his actions.

Online inmate records show Turner is expected to be released from the Santa Clara County jail on September 2. He was sentenced on June 2.

County jail inmates serve 50% of their sentences if they keep a clean disciplinary record.

Turner of Dayton, Ohio, was convicted of attacking the woman he met at a fraternity party in January 2015 and was sentenced last week to six months in jail and three years' probation.

The sentence triggered criticism that a star athlete from a privileged background received special treatment. Prosecutors had asked for six years in prison.

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