Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault, has been banned for life from USA Swimming, even though he's not a member.
"USA Swimming condemns the crime and actions committed by Brock Turner, and all acts of sexual misconduct," USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said in a statement obtained by ABC News on June 10. "Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership. Had he been a member, he would have been subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate the Code of Conduct.”
USA Swimming is the governing body of competitive swimming in the U.S.
Turner has been the focus of controversy after he was sentenced to six months in prison on June 2 after being convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated-unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person, and penetration of an unconscious person.
Many have criticized Judge Aaron Persky for giving a sentence they believe is too lenient and questioned if Turner would have received a more severe sentence if he was not white and from a wealthy family.
"If you’re going to declare that a high-achieving perpetrator is an unusual case, then you’re saying to women on college campuses that they don’t deserve the full protection of the law in the state of California," Stanford law professor Michele Dauber told the New York Times.
A Change.org petition to recall Persky has been signed by more than 1 million people as of June 10.
"Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency," the petition reads. "He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors. Please help rectify this travesty to justice."
Sources: ABC News, New York Times, Change.org / Photo Credit: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office via Los Angeles Times