Stanford Swimmer Brock Turner Arrested for Alleged Rape

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SAN JOSE – Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 19, faces five felony counts for allegedly raping a woman in an “on-campus attack” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The article states that Turner was arrested and charged with raping “an intoxicated, unconscious woman” and was “witnessed by two cyclists who nabbed him in the middle of the night as he tried to run away.”

Turner faces up to 10 years, and was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on Jan. 18.  He has been released on $150,000 bail

According to the Mercury News, “Turner is charged with one count of rape of an intoxicated person, one count of rape of an unconscious 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 and one count of assault with intent to commit rape,” and is set to be arraigned Monday in Palo Alto.

According to the Mercury News, Turner has not been practicing with the swim team, and is no longer living on campus, and that the alleged victim was not a student at Stanford.

In terms of swimming, Turner’s career is likely over as the mere act of being arrested on a sexually-connected felony is a Code of Conduct violation bad enough to put Turner on the USA Swimming Banned for Life list.

Turner is a freshman from Dayton, Ohio, who swam for the Dayton Raiders and was a three-time All-American high school swimmer at Oakwood High School.  Turner initially was still listed on the Stanford University men’s swimming roster at the original time of this article.  Less than an hour later, he was removed.

Stanford University spokesperson Lisa Lapin responded to a request for comment from Swimming World with the following statement:

A former Stanford freshman facing five felony sexual assault charges has voluntarily withdrawn his registration from the university and he is not eligible to re-enroll.

Brock Turner, 19, is prohibited from returning to Stanford after an investigation into a January 18 incident that was reported to campus police by concerned students.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney on Tuesday filed charges against Turner including rape of an unconscious woman and rape of an intoxicated woman. The District Attorney’s office said students, who came across Turner and a woman who was not a Stanford student, were instrumental in stopping the alleged assault in progress, outdoors near student residences and Lake Lagunita.

“Several students, both graduates and undergraduates, were upstanders in this situation,” said Catherine Criswell, the university’s Title IX Coordinator. “They made the courageous decision to intervene and provide assistance. That is exactly the type of leadership and caring we attempt to cultivate in our community, and we commend those students on their courage and quick response.”

The Stanford Department of Public Safety immediately conducted an investigation into the incident and turned its findings over to the District Attorney for review. Separately, the university also launched an investigation under its Title IX process.

In compliance with the Jeanne Cleary Act, no campus emergency alert was issued in the incident, because the suspect was immediately in custody and there was not an ongoing or immediate threat to the campus community.

Turner, a freshman from Dayton, Ohio, had been a member of the men’s swim team. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday.

Other attempts to speak with Stanford Athletics personnel met with referrals to Lapin.  An attempt to contact Turner directly has not been returned. Turner has also deleted his Twitter account.

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