Judge gives Stanford man 6-month sentence for sexual assault; says jail ‘would have a severe impact on him’

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PALO ALTO, Calif. — A former Stanford University swimmer convicted of multiple felonies after he was allegedly witnessed sexually assaulting an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in county jail, followed by probation, in a case that has sparked a cry of outrage.

Brock Allen Turner, photo via Stanford University

Brock Allen Turner, photo via Stanford University

Brock Allen Turner was convicted of three counts of sexual assault in March, according to The Guardian. Two grad students reportedly saw him “thrusting” on top of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster outside a fraternity party in January 2015. The two students said they were bicycling past when they saw the incident, and intervened. The students then held Turner until police arrived.

Turner, who competed at the 2012 Olympic trials, was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object.

He could have been handed a maximum sentence of 14 years, The Guardian reported. Instead, he will leave prison after six months, followed by a probation period.

Judge Aaron Persky cited Turner’s age — 20 — and lack of criminal history as reasons for a lighter sentence.

“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him,” Persky said at Turner’s sentencing on Thursday. “I think he will not be a danger to others.”

Turner’s victim, now 23-years-old, testified at the trial, saying “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.”

She said she has no memory of the encounter and woke up hours later at a medical center in San Jose where she was told she may have been sexually assaulted.

The woman made a long plea for a sentence to set an example of how sexual assaults on college campuses are punished.

“I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt,” she told the court.

The woman provided her full statement to BuzzFeed News.

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