Former Stanford University student athlete Brock Turner was released from jail Friday after serving just three months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.
He served half of what many thought was an already lenient sentence of six months before going free.
Outfitted in a button-down shirt and dress pants and with a blazer tucked under his arm, 21-year-old Turner walked out the door of the Santa Clara County jail in San Jose after 6 a.m. local time.
Turner looked at the ground as he walked toward a white SUV waiting for him, ignoring the barrage of reporters who shouted questions from behind barricades.
His release comes as new photos taken after his arrest emerged. They appear to show his ripped shirts and lacerations and bruises to his hands.
The former swimmer was convicted of three felony counts after he was found on top of a woman, who was not moving, outside Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was found guilty of assault with the intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.
The lenient sentence was met with public outcry and the judge who handed down the sentence, Aaron Persky, now faces a recall campaign over his decision.
Persky recently unveiled an anti-recall website and began fundraising to stay in office.
“I believe strongly in judicial independence. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, not to appease politicians or ideologues. When your own rights and property are at stake, you want the judge to make a fair and lawful decision, free from political influence,” Persky said in a statement on RetainJudgePersky.com.
“As a judge, I have heard thousands of cases. I have a reputation for being fair to both sides,” he said.