Swimmer Found Guilty Of Raping Unconscious Woman

| by Nicholas Roberts
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A former competitive swimming champion and Stanford University student has been convicted of raping a woman he met at a party in 2015, and potentially faces up to 10 years in prison.

Brock Allen Turner, 20, was found guilty of three different counts of sexual assault in the Santa Clara County Superior Court on March 30, SF Gate reports.

Prosecutors described Turner as the "quintessential face of campus sexual assault," according to CBS.

Turner was arrested in the early morning of Jan. 18, 2015 after two bikers saw the then 19-year-old on top of a partially clothed woman in a field near campus fraternity houses at around 1:00 a.m. The bikers restrained him and called police, while the woman was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries.

According to SF Gate, Turner had 7 cans of beer to drink that night and told authorities he believed he was having consensual sex with the woman. The woman was breathing but "completely unresponsive," according to authorities.

The police report said of Turner:

"He stated that he was drunk but was able to remember everything. His head was a little fuzzy due to the effects of the alcohol, but he consciously decided to engage in the sexual activity with victim. He was having a good time with [the] victim and stated that she also seemed to enjoy the activity."

The woman later told police that she drank 4 whiskey shots and 2 vodka shots that night, but could not remember anything else after speaking with a few individuals at a Kappa Alpha party.

Turner is a three-time All-American swimmer from Ohio and was heavily recruited by various universities before he enrolled in Stanford and joined its swimming program, according to SF Gate.  He took part in the 2012 Olympic trials.

Turner dropped out of Stanford on Jan. 27, 2015, the same day prosecutors announced he would be facing charges.  He is currently out on a $150,000 bond and faces sentencing on June 2, where he could potentially face up to 10 years in prison.

In a statement, District Attorney Jeff Rosen said the following of the case:

Today a jury of Santa Clara County residents gave a verdict which I hope will clearly reverberate throughout colleges, in high schools, anywhere where there may be any doubt about the distinction between consent and sexual assault.  No means no, drunk means no, passed out means no, and sex without consent means criminal assault.

Sources: CBS News, SF Gate / Photo credit: Hector Garcia-Molina/ via SF Gate

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