Brock Turner in his Jan. 2015 booking photo, released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
Brock Turner in his Jan. 2015 booking photo, released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office/AP

Brock Turner, Convicted of Sexual Assault, Registers as a Sex Offender

Sep 06, 2016

Ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who spent three months in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a fraternity dumpster, registered as a sex offender in his home state of Ohio on Tuesday.

Turner, 21, must register as a Tier III sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life and notify his neighbors that a convicted sex offender lives in the area, according to ABC News.

Turner left jail on Friday after serving three months of his six-month sentence. Turner was found guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person. Two witnesses on bikes caught the college student committing the crime. Turner faced up to 14 years in prison.

In June, Judge Aaron Persky handed down a sentence of six months because a longer stay might “have a severe impact on him," he said at the time. California lawmakers called the sentencing "shockingly lenient." Critics have demanded Persky be recalled for what they say was a too-light sentence, and the judge is now moving off criminal cases.

The crime and sentencing ignited a national debate over what advocates see as the uneven punishment of sexual assault suspects. Turner argued he was a victim of "party culture," wherein alcohol blurs the lines of consent. But his victim, whose name has not been reported, said in court: “We were both drunk. The difference is I did not take off your pants and underwear, touch you inappropriately and run away.”

Protesters stood outside Turner's parents' house this weekend to object to his light sentence.

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