In 2015, Brock Allen Turner was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault. His victim was a 22-year-old girl, known as “Emily Doe,” whom he was seen lying on top of on the ground next to a dumpster.
Two international students cycling past a Stanford University fraternity house party — which Turner and the victim had attended — noticed Turner mounting a motionless girl. According to reports, they stopped to see if she was OK, and Turner began to run.
Although they caught him and called the police, the damage had already been done.
Turner was a swimmer for the prestigious university, and he was noted for his athletic potential — something that was of high interest during the case’s coverage.
In fact, his father, Dan A. Turner, wrote a letter to the judge citing his son’s hard work. He wrote that jail time would be “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action”:
His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve.
A year later, Turner was convicted. His sentence, however, sparked outrage.
In sentencing the young man, Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky referenced Turner’s “extraordinary circumstances,” listing his clean record and immense potential. He opted for the probation department’s recommendation of a moderate punishment, ordering him a mere six months in jail as opposed to the prosecutor’s push for six years.
He was then released halfway through the sentence.
People’s outrage turned to a furor, but the criminal justice system took its course, and Turner was a free man, albeit he has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Two years later, Turner’s case has been out of the spotlight for some time — that is, until now.
On Thursday, Hannah Kendall Shuman, a student at Washington State University, shared a photo of a page out of her textbook.
It was Turner’s mugshot listed next to the definition of “rape”:
Her caption read, in part:
He may have been able to get out of prison time but in my Criminal Justice 101 textbook, Brock Turner is the definition of rape, so he’s got that goin [sic] for him..
The page was out of “Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change / Edition 2,” which was published this year.
The photo has since gone viral, garnering nearly 100,000 shares and 45,000 likes.
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Furious citizens who felt like justice was never served through Turner’s sentence may feel a small victory has been won.