Brock Turner Registers As Sex Offender

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault, has registered as a sex offender in Ohio after being released from a California prison three months early for good behavior. 

The ex-Stanford University swimmer made headlines after he received an unusually lenient sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Turner faced up to 14 years in state prison, but the presiding judge, Aaron Persky, gave the now 21-year-old six months in county jail.

Turner only served three months before being released Sept. 2, reports Rolling Stone. He now faces three years on probation.

After his release, he returned to his home state of Ohio, where he registered as a sex offender. According to CNN, any person who lives within 1,250 feet of Turner will receive a postcard notifying them of his status. He additionally cannot live within 1,000 of either schools or playgrounds.

He must re-register as a Tier III sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life. A Tier III sex offender is the harshest sentence possible under federal law and applies to those who commit sex acts with minors. In the case of Turner, it applies because the victim cannot consent because he or she has been rendered unconscious. 

Turner's father has consistently defended his son, saying he does not deserve such vitriol and punishment. "His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve," he wrote to Persky during the trial proceedings, according to The Washington Post. "That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life."

Since the Turner case, California has passed new legislation broadening legal definitions of rape to prevent extremely lenient sentences for rapists in the future. USA Swimming has also barred Turner, who was once an Olympic hopeful, from ever competing. 

As a registered sex offender, Turner must attend a sex offender management program for at least one year. The program aims to change the ways those convicted of sexual assaults think about sex and relationships.

Turner must also undergo polygraph tests and release personal information to authorities, including addresses, telephone numbers, and his user names and passwords for all social media sites and websites. 

Sources: CNN, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Government of Connecticut / Photo credit: ABC News via Yahoo

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