Friday 30 September 2016

Fury as Stanford University sex assault student Brock Turner to be released today

Published 02/09/2016 | 09:17

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)

Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner will be released today after serving three months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman near a fraternity party. a sentence that has ignited fierce debate over the way California defines and punishes rape.

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Turner's sentence to months in county jail instead of years in state prison stoked international outrage, leading California lawmakers to call for mandatory prison time for sex assaults involving unconscious victims, and expanding the state's definition of rape.

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

The former Stanford swimmer (20) has served just half of his sentence and will likely be released on Friday.

The light sentence handed down to the ex-student had already provoked outrage following his conviction.

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Three months ago, Turner was found guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.

Brock Allen Turner
Brock Allen Turner

The judge who gave the six-month jail term will stop hearing criminal cases after a firestorm of criticism.

California has a mandatory minimum sentence for forcible rape - but the law was not the same in cases where the victim is unconscious or heavily intoxocated.

However, just this week, the state passed legislation that removes a judge's ability of using discretion during sentencing in such cases.

Despite his brief jail time, Turner will spend the rest of his life on the sex offenders register.

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