Brock Turner has become one of the most famous rapists in recent history after a judge gave him just six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious young woman. Now, after three months, the ex-Stanford University swimmer is about to be released from jail and will be serving his three year probation in his family’s hometown in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio.
It has only been three months since Turner received his “extremely lenient” six months sentencing, which he and his family had fought on the grounds that those few minutes of action – where he sexually assaulted an unconscious stranger – should not dictate the rest of the 21-year-old’s life.
Despite the protest and national attention the Stanford rape case has received, Brock Turner will be released early from Santa Clara County jail because of good behavior, only serving half of his sentence before being able to return to his hometown. This is actually a typical California move and most inmates only end up serving part of their sentence because as long as they stay out of trouble while behind bars two days of credit are given for each day served.
The only part left of the sentence Judge Aaron Persky delivered in his most controversial case to Brock Turner is the three years’ probation and the specification that he has to also register as a sex offender for life. The authorities in Ohio have agreed to take over monitoring the convict in his hometown where he was a prominent swimmer in high school. Turner will be required to report to a probation officer during those three years and will need to avoid alcohol and drugs, having to take random drug and alcohol tests and go to substance abuse counseling.
Turner will also be required to pay restitution to his victim, though what exactly this will entail has not been determined as yet.
One of the most surprising things that media house The Daily Beast reported is that despite the attention and outrage that the Brock Turner case has garnered, in his upper-middle-class hometown there are many who are unaware of the Stanford rape case and that Brock Turner is a convicted rapist who will now be living in their neighborhood.
Many in his hometown who are aware of the case have chosen not to give any official comment on the case though one woman, sitting with two children when approached, did speak on condition of anonymity and said that she had mixed feelings about the situation. While the woman said that she believes Turner deserved a harsher sentence she did not think he should be so vilified by the media.
“It doesn’t make me comfortable he’s here. I think rape in general should carry much longer terms. Because the consequences are so minimal, I think that’s why it’s so common.”
In response to the case, not only is Judge Aaron Persky facing a recall movement to get him removed from the bench because of the light sentence and apparent bias, but on Monday, lawmakers took a step to close the loophole that allowed the light sentence. Stanford law professor Michele Dauber is at the head of the recall effort for Persky and though he is being moved to civil cases has said this will not stop the recall effort.
“He is biased in cases of violence against women. He does not understand these crimes and he does not treat them like the serious harms that they are and like serious felonies.”
According to ABC 7 News, those who support the recall of Judge Persky had made arrangements to rally outside the jail at 10 a.m., but Turner was released earlier than that time, holding his head down as he passed a mob of photographers.
As a registered sex offender for life Brock Turner will be forbidden from living close to schools, parks and other areas where children are known to gather and will not be able to work with children in any way. Turner’s name, photograph and his address will also be made public through the online sex offender registry and the local authorities in his Ohio hometown will be sending out postcards to the neighbors advising that a sex offender has moved into the area.
During the three years of probation for the ‘Stanford rape’ the 21-year-old will also be unable to leave the state without permission from law enforcement and his home can be randomly searched at any time.
[Image via Santa Clara County Sheriff]