Members of the Stanford University women’s swim team were wary of Brock Turner’s lewd behavior long before he was convicted of raping an unconscious student, a report suggests.
The Ohio native, who was given just six months in jail for the attack, would allegedly make comments to the women such as ‘I can see your t***s in that swimsuit,’ while one elite swimmer vowed to never be alone with him at a party.
A source told In Touch that his arrest didn’t shock anyone on the team, as many believed he was ‘odd’.
The athletes even considered writing to his trial judge about his antics, but they were reportedly warned off by Stanford officials as they didn’t witness the crime.
‘He was warned by upper classmen on the team to scale back on the partying, but he just didn’t listen, ‘ the insider told the magazine.
Members of the Stanford University women’s swim team were wary of Brock Turner’s lewd behavior long before he was convicted of raping an unconscious student, a report suggests. He can be seen smiling in a a high school yearbook photo as he is named ‘Best Legs’ with an unidentified female classmate
‘There were rumblings that the women were pressured by Stanford officials to not do it since they hadn’t witnessed any crime that Brock had committed,’ they added.
‘The team has been instructed to not discuss Brock Turner publicly or to the media; however, the entire team completely supports the victim and wishes that Brock had gotten a much harsher sentence.’
Lisa Lapin, the school’s associate vice president for university communications, told In Touch: ‘As private individuals, our students can say what they wish to whom they wish.’
Turner’s six month sentence for rape was met with controversy around the world.
The judge who faced seething criticism for handing him the light sentence has since been removed from a similar case on grounds he may be biased.
The Ohio native would allegedly make comments to the women such as ‘I can see your t***s in that swimsuit,’ while one elite swimmer reportedly vowed to never be alone with him at a party
Prosecutors in Santa Clara County, in northern California, on Tuesday filed a challenge against Aaron Persky in a case involving a male nurse accused of sexually assaulting a sedated woman.
The request to have him removed from the new case came after he suddenly dismissed a misdemeanor theft case before deliberations started, arguing prosecutors had not made their case.
‘We are disappointed and puzzled at judge Persky’s unusual decision to unilaterally dismiss a case before the jury could deliberate,’ Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in a statement to AFP, confirming Persky’s removal from the new sex assault case.
The athletes even considered writing to his trial judge about Turner’s (pictured in court) antics, but they were reportedly warned off by Stanford officials as they didn’t witness the crime
‘After this and the recent turn of events, we lack confidence that judge Persky can fairly participate in this upcoming hearing in which a male nurse sexually assaulted an anesthetized female patient.
‘This is a rare and carefully considered step for our office. In the future, we will evaluate each case on its own merits and decide if we should use our legal right to ask for another judge in order to protect public safety and pursue justice.’
The judge could not immediately be reached for comment.
Rosen had disagreed with Persky’s ruling in the Turner case, stating at the time that the lenient sentence did not ‘factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault, or the victim’s ongoing trauma.’
‘Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape,’ he said. ‘Rape is rape.’
The sentence, which gained international attention after publication of the victim’s powerful statement to the court in which she described the assault’s impact on her life, has prompted widespread outrage and calls for Persky to be recalled.
In transcripts released from Turner’s case, Persky, pointed specifically to a classmate of the 20-year-old, Leslie Rasmussen, who had been in school with him for years.
He quoted a part of Rasmussen’s character letter, which read: ‘If I had to choose one kid I graduated with to be in the position Brock is, it would never have been him.’
Persky said that image of Turner ‘rings true’ and ‘corroborates the evidence of his character up until the night of this incident, which has been positive’, he said in the transcripts.
Aaron Persky, the judge who faced seething criticism for handing him the light sentence, has since been removed from a similar case on grounds he may be biased
Stanford University students protested the sentence during their graduation as people around the world joined the backlash
The ‘lenient’ sentence dished out to Turner has sparked outrage around the world and Persky has since received death threats at work, and is the subject of a petition, signed by more than a million people, to have him recalled.
The transcripts give a comprehensive view as to why Persky rationalized a short sentence.
Rasmussen’s letter was believed to place much of the blame on Turner’s victim. She later apologized for the letter.
Turner, who was found guilty on three counts of rape, is currently incarcerated in Elmwood Jail, a minimum to medium security facility, in Milpitas, California.
However, Daily Mail Online revealed earlier this week that he will serve just three months of his sentence and is slated for release on September 2.
He has applied to serve his three-year probation term in his home state of Ohio.
Turner will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and complete a sex offender management program.
The 39 people who wrote letters in support of Turner have also been subjected to a barrage of abuse.
Turner has also been banned for life by USA Swimming and, as a result, is now ineligible for all major sporting competitions – among them, the Olympics.
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