Justice

Brock Turner's Father Speaks Out

A letter has surfaced that is reportedly written by Dan Turner, the father of Brock Allen Turner, the 20-year-old Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus last year. If Brock Turner's all-too-brief six-month sentence didn't upset you, his father's response certainly will.

In the letter, the elder Turner argues that his son's sentencing was unfair, suggesting that county jail with probation is a "steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action."

He also reportedly writes that "incarceration is not the appropriate punishment for Brock" and blames his sentencing for damaging his son's "happy go lucky" nature as well as causing his son to lose his appetite. Turner even adds that his son has "never been violent to anyone, including his actions on the night of Jan 17th," when the sexual assault took place.

The family has not confirmed the letter's authenticity, but it was originally posted to Twitter by Lauren Duca, a journalist who said the letter is the statement the elder Turner sent to Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Pesky asking for leniency for his son. It was also posted by Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, who has played an active role in assisting the university with revamping its procedures for dealing with sexual violence.

ATTN: will update this story as new information becomes available.

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