Brock Turner, the former Stanford student who raped an unconscious girl, has been released from prison after serving only 3 months for the crime. Turner had been sentenced to just 6 months for the sexual assault, but served half that due to good behaviour.
In January 2014, Turner was arrested after 2 students caught him having sex with an unconscious, semi-naked girl behind a dumpster on Stanford University campus. Turner had attempted to flee, but was chased and caught by the pair. After questioning, he was charged with 5 counts: rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman, and assault with intent to commit rape.
In a much publicized trial earlier this year, Turner was convicted of three of the five counts. Despite facing a sentence of up to 14 years, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky gave him just 6 months. “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him … I think he will not be a danger to others,” Persky said at the time.
People in the Southwestern region of Ohio, where Turner is from, have organized protests to coincide with his return. Just a couple of days ago, hundreds descended on the Turner family home to make their feelings known.