Mugshots of Stanford Swimmer Who Sexually Assaulted Woman Are Finally Released
The mugshots of a Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in 2015 were finally released on June 6 by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office—18 months after Brock Turner was arrested.
Turner, then-19, sexually assaulted a woman after a party on campus on Jan. 17, 2015, and was arrested the same night.
More than a year after the assault Turner’s mugshots were never disclosed, until now.
Two photos of Turner were released after pressure to disclose the image.
On Twitter, under the hashtag #NoMugshot, people said that if Turner was black his mugshot would have been immediately released, and he would’ve gotten a longer sentence.
At 7-Eleven, for $1 I can buy 1000 mugshots of poor people and people of color, but when it’s a rich white boy, suddenly it’s #NoMugShot.
— Jooooosh (@bathroompolice) June 6, 2016
— christina (@mangolicy) June 5, 2016
That Brock Turner was arrested AND convicted of felony rape and we still don’t have his mugshot yet? Just his Abercrombie & Fitch photos?
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 6, 2016
Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky is also under fire. Following the recommendation of the county’s probation department, Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail and three years probation on June 2.
Persky cited Turner’s clean criminal record and the impact the conviction will have on his life. The former swimmer must register for life as a sex offender after a jury convicted him of three felony counts of assault and attempted rape. Turner was initially charged with rape and three other felony counts, but the rape charges were dropped in October 2015.
The sentence received backlash from people on social media for being too lenient and a petition was launched for Persky’s removal from the bench.
“Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency,” said the petition. “He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors.”
The petition, started by Stanford University law professor Michele Dauber, a friend of the victim, had 263,672 supporters by June 7.
The judge earned two undergraduate degrees from Stanford in 1984 and 1985 and used to play lacrosse at the school a few miles down the road from his courtroom. Persky is currently running for re-election unopposed.
Meanwhile, the Santa Clara Sheriff’s department, which is usually active on Facebook, has not mentioned the case on its page and has not posted anything since June 1.
In court last week, the victim read a 12-page-letter, in which she addressed the defendant directly, describing how the incident left her emotionally battered.
“My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty,” she wrote.
Her letter went viral on social media.