Saturday 24 February 2018

Ex-Stanford swimmer sex attack convict expected to leave jail three months early

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)

A former Stanford University swimmer whose six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman caused widespread outrage will leave prison three months early.

Online inmate records show 20-year-old Brock 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.

Meanwhile, a high school guidance counsellor and a childhood friend of Turner apologised for writing letters of support ahead of his sentencing.

Oakwood High School counsellor Kelly Owens, of Dayton, told her school district that she should not have become involved in the case. She told the judge that Turner was "absolutely undeserving of the outcome" of the trial.

A post on a Facebook page appearing to belong to Turner's friend Leslie Rasmussen said she made a mistake and apologised for not acknowledging the severity of the crime.

Later it emerged vice president Joe Biden had written an open letter to the victim.

Mr Biden, who wrote the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and is involved in the White House's "It's On Us" campaign against campus sexual assault, sent the letter to BuzzFeed News on Thursday.

He wrote: "I do not know your name - but your words are forever seared on my soul."

He said her statement should be required reading, though they're "words that I wish with all of my heart you never had to write".

Press Association

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