Brock Turner to Leave Jail After Stanford Sex Assault: What’s Next for the Former Swimmer – ABC News
Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, is expected to be released Friday after serving half of his sentence.
Turner was found guilty in March of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
The January 2015 assault — digital penetration — was stopped by two men on bicycles who noticed that the victim wasn’t moving, authorities said. Turner fled, but the witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.
Turner was facing up to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for six years, but Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner on June 2 to six months in jail and three years’ probation, as recommended by the probation department.
Why 3 Months in Jail?
Turner’s scheduled release date is Friday, Sept. 2, three months after his sentencing. But the shortened time served isn’t uncommon. Many inmates in California only serve half of their sentences.
ABC News’ chief legal analyst Dan Abrams said that “for many crimes, including this one, you get 50 percent of the time off for good behavior.” While California and other states do this, it varies based on the crime and the state, he said.
What Was Turner’s Life Like Behind Bars?
Turner — who was a Stanford freshman during the January 2015 assault — turned 21 during his three months in jail.
He was held at Santa Clara’s Main Jail South, which can house 674 inmates.
The south jail is “designed in the older linear style, complete with bars and tiers,” according to the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office. It has an “indirect supervision model,” which is “not the norm in modern jail settings, because officer-inmate interaction is minimized,” according to the sheriff’s office. This differs from Santa Clara’s Main Jail North facility, which is a “direct supervision” jail, in which an officer “oversees a locked ‘module’ or dormitory,” according to the sheriff’s office.
What’s Next for Turner?
When, as expected, Turner leaves jail Friday, he’ll still have restrictions. First, Turner has three years of probation.
“He has to stay out of trouble,” Abrams said. “He has to not get convicted of another crime. He has to abide by all the requirements from the probation department, and if he doesn’t, he could end up back behind bars.”
The judge also mandated that Turner register as a sex offender.
“In the non-high-profile cases, one of the things that lawyers try to fight for as much as they can on behalf of their clients in cases like these is to avoid having them register as sex offenders,” Abrams said. “Because it stays with you for life.”
“It means wherever he goes in the country, wherever he lives, the local authorities will be informing residents that a sex offender is in their neighborhood,” Abrams said.
“It will impact his ability to live a normal life in a lot of ways,” Abrams said. “And that’ll be something that will stay with him for the rest of his life.”
What’s in store for Turner’s life post-jail may be unique because of all the attention surrounding his case. Turner’s victim read an emotional letter in court during sentencing that went viral. Judge Persky was criticized for what many critics said was a sentence that was too lenient, and he is now moving off criminal cases, returning to the civil division.
California lawmakers, who called Turner’s sentence “shockingly lenient,” were inspired to introduce a bill based on Turner’s case that is now heading to California Gov. Jerry Brown. The bill, AB 2888, aims to ensure that anyone in California convicted of sex assault can’t be sentenced to probation.
After Turner’s release, he’s expected to return to his hometown in Greene County, Ohio.
Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer told ABC News on Wednesday that he’s waiting for paperwork from California. Fischer said within five days of Turner’s return to Ohio, the former Stanford student must go to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to be photographed and registered as a sex offender.
Postcards will be mailed to alert nearby homeowners that a sex offender lives in the area, Fischer said.
Once Turner is photographed and registered, he is free to go, Fischer said. No ankle bracelet is given and monitoring will be done by sheriff’s deputies. Turner can expect a visit from deputies soon after leaving the sheriff’s department, Fischer said.
There will be no restrictions on Turner’s travel within Greene County, Fischer said.
“Brock Turner is very lucky that he’s a free man,” Abrams said. “But as a registered sex offender, and being Brock Turner, I’ve got to imagine that life will not be that easy.”
Turner’s family and attorneys declined to comment to ABC News.
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