USA Swimming bans Stanford rapist for life

(Brock Turner)

STANFORD, Calif. (WIVB) — USA Swimming, which governs the sport of swimming in the U.S., has banned Brock Turner, according to CNN.

Turner, a 20-year-old Stanford University swimmer, was sentenced to six months in jail after sexually assaulting an unconscious 23-year-old woman in January last year. He was convicted of the crime this past March.

“Brock Turner’s membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014 and he was not a member at the time of his crime or since then,” USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman told CNN. “As a result, USA Swimming doesn’t have any jurisdiction over Brock Turner.”

Prosecutors had asked for a six-year sentence for Turner, but he was ultimately sentenced to just six months in prison, as well as probation. Because of Turner’s lack of criminal history and young age, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, reduced the recommended sentence.

The shorter sentence was met with local and national outrage from those who saw it as unfair. The victim even wrote a a letter to the court. Portions of that can be read here.

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