Armed Protesters Wait Outside Brock Turner’s Home After His Early Release

Armed Protesters Wait Outside Brock Turner’s Home After His Early Release
Brock Turner leaves the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2016. Turner, whose six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at Stanford University sparked national outcry, was released from jail after serving half his term. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Following Brock Turner’s release from California’s Santa Clara County Jail on Sept. 2, armed protesters gathered in front of his family’s home in Ohio, where Turner is expected to complete the remainder of his sentence.

“If he is uncomfortable, then he begins to receive at least some punishment that he deserves for his crime,” one protester told local news station WCPO.

WHIO reported that Turner arrived at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to register as a sex offender on Sept. 6 and his status as a sex offender was published on the county’s website.

“We follow the same procedure when they come into register,” said Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. “Nothing different today than any other sex offender that’s come in.”

The sheriff’s department will send postcards to Turner’s neighbors, alerting them of his presence in the neighborhood. One neighbor was unhappy about having the Turners as neighbors, referring to them as a “cancer.”

“We will go down to his house where he is living to confirm he is living there,” Fischer said. “We will pop in unannounced from time to time to make sure he’s living where he says he’s living.”

As a Tier III sex offender, Turner is required to register four times per year for the rest of his life. He is required to register again before Dec. 5, 2016.

Turner’s controversial sentence prompted California lawmakers to unanimously pass a bill on Aug. 29 that would require mandatory prison time for those convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious victim.

The bill is awaiting the signature of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.