What would you do if you saw a man on top of an unconscious girl?
The story of the ex-Stanford University swimmer has caught the attention of the nation. What happened that night? How does a high school All-American go from a bright future to now facing years in prison?
Brock Allen Turner had a lot going for him. He was just a kid from Dayton, Ohio, who swam in the 2012 US Olympic Trials. Now the three-time All-American high school swimmer is facing up to 10 years in prison.
Brock Turner has been accused of raping an intoxicated, unconscious woman on campus. CBSNews reports that Turner has been charged with five felony counts. The charges include suspicion of attempted raped and penetration with a foreign object.
On the night of January 17th, Turner and the victim attended a fraternity party at the Kappa Alpha House. The Palo Alto Patch reports that Turner admitted to sexually fondling the woman after consuming around nine alcoholic drinks. He denies raping her.
Piecing Together What Happen That Night
Turner says that it was his intention to “hook up” with the woman – not to rape her.
The alleged victim told police that she had been drinking before attending the party. The Palo Alto Patch reported she had consumed 4 whiskey shots within two hours. At the party, she reports having two shots of vodka and sipped beer before she blacked out.
After the shots of vodka, the alleged victim went outside and talked with a few guys. She reports remembering that she sipping a beer and after that nothing until she woke up the next day at the medical center.
What she doesn’t remember can be filled in by two men who were riding bikes that night.
The two men on bikes saw a man on top an unconscious woman. In a report by the DailyMail.com, Turner ran away from the men. The men chased after him and while a third man called the police. The men restrained Turner until the police arrived.
Peter Lars Jonsson, one of the men who were retraining Turner. Jonsson is a fellow Stanford student. He told the Patch that it “definitely” looked as though Turner and the woman were having sex. The woman’s dress was pulled up, she appeared unconscious and not moving.
The alleged victim was unable to respond to police until the next morning.
The charges include; rape, rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, and assault. These charges could lead to a sentence of 10 years in prison.
After the charges, Turner voluntarily withdrew from Stanford. The University of Stanford has since banned him from campus and will not allow him to re-register for classes. Turner is no longer practicing with the swim team.
While Turner may be an excellent athlete, the school has made it clear that they are taking this incident seriously.
Charges of criminal sexual assault are often serious. Whether the defendant is guilty or not, they will have to deal with difficult repercussions.
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