A Stanford University student was arrested and charged for allegedly raping an intoxicated, unconscious woman on the school's campus in Northern California.
Brock Allen Turner, 19, was arrested on felony counts of rape and penetration with a foreign object. Turner, who swam in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, voluntarily withdrew from Stanford following his arrest and is now barred from campus.
Turner was charged with one count of rape of an intoxicated person, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman, one count of assault with intent to commit rape and one count of rape of an unconscious person.
According to the New York Post, two bikers on campus the night of Jan. 18 spotted an unconscious woman on the ground with a man on top of her. As they rushed over, they said Turner fled. The cyclists reportedly chased him down and held him until police arrived.
Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci said the two bikers took action because what they saw “shocked their conscience.” The victim was reportedly not a student at the university, and authorities said she was there for an on-campus party. “Rape is a very serious crime and we absolutely take this seriously,” Kianerci said.
“Matters like this the university takes seriously,” Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said. “The university has launched its own investigation, in addition to and separate from the law enforcement investigation.”
Turner, a Dayton, Ohio native who was a freshman at the school, was released on $150,000 bail. He faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted. The young man, who was an All-American swimmer in high school, could also be placed on the USA Swimming Banned For Life list if he's found guilty.