Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, as you may know if you pay even a little attention to the news, has recently been convicted for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman last year. The prosecution was seeking to put him away for six year
Turner’s father, during the trial, made a plea with the judge not to send his son away forever and ruin his life “for 20 minutes of action.” (The father later claimed he was referring to a 20-minute lapse in judgement and not any sexual meaning. Still, very poor wording!)
Apparently the judge presiding over the trial seemed to agree with this line of thought. He found Turner guilty, but only sentenced him to six months in prison. Three months, with good behavior. Quite a step down from six years, huh?
CNN reports: Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky said on Thursday that Turner’s age and lack of criminal history made him feel that imposing a six-month jail sentence with probation was appropriate. Turner also has to register as a sex offender.
“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him,” Persky said. “I think he will not be a danger to others.”
While six months in prison may seem lenient, it is certainly only an aspect of the punishment Turner will receive. Stanford banned him from ever setting foot on campus within two weeks of his crime being reported. The angry mob that is the Internet is already calling for his head, and a Change.org petition is circulating demanding that the judge who sentenced Turner so lightly be recalled.
The most recent nail in the coffin comes from the USA Swimming. The sports organization has banned Brock Turner from seeking membership with, or participating in events sanctioned by USA Swimming, which includes Olympic tryouts.
“Brock Turner’s membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014,” USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said in an email to USA TODAY Sports. “He was not a member at the time of his crime or since then. USA Swimming doesn’t have any jurisdiction over non-members.
“Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership. … Had he been a member, he would be subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct.”
So once Turner gets out half a year or less from now, he won’t have much to look forward to. Near-universal hatred, his university’s doors locked on him, and a ban on participating in his sport. Of course, he probably has more pressing concerns at the moment. He’s in prison, where “20 minutes of action” means exactly what you think it means.