Read Stanford University's Statement Regarding Brock Turner's Sexual Assault CaseBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Brock Turner has been released from jail after serving half of the six-month sentence for his sexual assault case. Read what Stanford University had to say about the issue below.
The Los Angeles Times reported that former Stanford University student Brock Turner was released from jail early Friday morning, Sep. 2. He only served three months of his six-month sentence, which was faced backlash for its leniency.
Turner left the jail and rode a white SUV which was waiting for him outside the building. He offered no comment to reporters. Angry protesters, some of whom were armed, surrounded the Turners' home, according to several reports.
"If we had our way, Brock Turner would be in state prison serving a six year sentence, not going home," the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office said in a statement. "With the Governor's signature, the next Brock Turner will go to prison."
The statement focused on a bill, AB 2888. This bill requires a state prison sentence for anyone who is convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious person.
In Stanford University's official statement, the school maintained that it "did everything within its power to assure that justice was served in this case." The institution also shared how proud it was of its students for stopping the incident and cooperating with the investigation.
"This was a horrible incident, and we understand the anger and deep emotion it has generated," the school wrote. "There is still much work to be done, not just here, but everywhere, to create a culture that does not tolerate sexual violence in any form and a judicial system that deals appropriately with sexual assault cases."
Last March, Turner was convicted of three felony counts. First, it was for assault with the intent to commit rape of an unconscious person. Second was for sexual penetration of an unconscious person and the third count was for sexual penetration of an intoxicated person.
Brock Turner's sentencing would have had him facing up to 14 years in prison. However, Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky opted for the lighter jail term of six months and three years of probation.