Stanford Finds Itself In Hot Water

| by Nicholas Roberts
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Interviews with the Stanford University women's swim team has revealed that many team members wanted to write to Judge Aaron Persky about ex-student Brock Turner's reportedly creepy behavior before his rape conviction, but may have been pressured by university officials not to do so.

"Brock’s arrest wasn’t surprising to anyone on the team. From the beginning, the women swimmers had found him to be very, very odd. Brock would make comments to the women such as 'I can see your t--s in that swimsuit," one woman revealed to InTouch.

Turner was given a six-month county jail sentence -- scaled down from prosecutors' recommendation of a six-year prison sentence -- for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a party in January 2015.

Although Turner blamed alcohol and the "party lifestyle" he frequently encountered in college, evidence has recently mounted showing Turner had used illegal drugs and alcohol during his high school years in Ohio according to Raw Story.

InTouch's source also told the magazine Turner had been worrying several members of the men's team with his drug and alcohol use.

"He was warned by upperclassmen on the team to scale back on the partying, but he just didn’t listen."

The source described how several members of the women's team wanted to write a letter to Persky to describe their unease with Turner, but no statements were ever filed.

"There were rumblings that the women were pressured by Stanford officials to not do it since they hadn’t witnessed any crime that Brock had committed," according to the insider.

Stanford associate vice president for university communications, Lisa Lapin, said in response that Stanford students are private individuals and can say "what they wish to whom they wish."

But the insider says this was not the case, and that the university pressured members of the women's team to keep quiet about Turner.

"The team has been instructed to not discuss Brock Turner publicly or to the media. However, the entire team completely supports the victim and wishes that Brock had gotten a much harsher sentence."

Sources: Raw Story, InTouch / Photo credit: Stanford Department of Public Safety via The New York Times

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