Brock Turner Banned From Swimming for Life as It Emerges He'll Only Serve 3 Months For Rape
Ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, whose six-month sentence for raping an unconscious student has sparked widespread outrage, has been banned for life by USA Swimming, according to reports.
The 20-year-old is not eligible to compete in any sanctioned events and will never be eligible, USA Swimming said in a statement shared with USA Today this week. Its sanctioned events include those that would qualify swimmers for the Olympics.
"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," it said in the statement.
Turner was convicted of attacking the unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus after they met at a fraternity party in January 2015. After prosecutors asked for six years in prison, the judge sentenced him last week to six months behind bars and three years' probation.
But it emerged on Thursday that Turner will be locked up for just three months.
Online inmate records show Turner, who was booked June 2, is expected to be released from the Santa Clara County jail on September 2.
County jail inmates serve half of their sentences if they keep a clean disciplinary record, the Associated Press noted.
Following the furor over Turner's sentence, the judge, Aaron Persky, has also come under fire. Potential jurors in Santa Clara County are now refusing to serve in his courtroom, according to reports.
KPIX 5 reported that 20 jurors refused to serve for another of his cases this week, citing the judge as a hardship.
Also on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden released an open letter to the victim, who had written her own powerful letter about the ordeal.
"I do not know your name -- but your words are forever seared on my soul," Biden wrote in the letter, shared by BuzzFeed News. "Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages. Words that I wish with all of my heart you never had to write...
"I am in awe of your courage for speaking out — for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity. And I am filled with furious anger — both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth."