Brock Turner to Receive Drug and Alcohol Counseling Post-Prison After He Was Caught Lying About Drug Use

Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in January 2015, will be required to attend drug and alcohol counseling after his September release from jail, The Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, Turner, 20, was caught lying about using illegal drugs during a June 14 jailhouse interview, and only admitted to his lies after he was told that his text messages discussing his drug use had been made public.

At that point, Turner admitted to using LSD on three separate occasions, in addition to frequently smoking marijuana  and drinking alcohol in high school. (He previously told a probation officer in May that he only began drinking after starting college at Stanford in September 2014.)

The mandated drug and alcohol counseling sentence came shortly afterward.

Brock Turner
Brock Turner Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

Turner previously wrote a statement that placed blame of the incident on a college “party culture,” pointing to “binge drinking” and “sexual promiscuity” as culprits in the events that changed his and his unnamed victim’s lives forever that night.

In an email exchange obtained by the AP, probation manager Jana Taylor wrote that she believed Turner needed counseling and that the department didn’t “want to be placed in a position in the event we violate him for positive tests and his attorney argues we never modified probation to include counseling.”

As previously reported, Turner was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unnamed 23-year-old woman who had passed out outside a campus fraternity house, a surprisingly lenient sentence that drew outrage in early June and led the victim and members of her family to pen powerful statements in response.

Turner is expected to serve only three of the six-month sentence if he exhibits good behavior, with a release date of September 2.

In Taylor’s emails, it was also revealed that Turner has asked for protective custody in jail after receiving threats.

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