Brock Turner’s dad, Dan Turner, started a legal defense fund to help cover court-related expenses, CBS’ WHIO in Dayton, Ohio, reported on Tuesday, June 7.
According to WHIO, the former Stanford student’s father established a legal support fund with an Ohio local credit union. An unidentified woman who described herself as a “lifelong friend, mother and person who has watched this family grow” also started a Facebook page on behalf of Brock’s mom, Carleen, and Dan. The page, which was titled “Turner Family Support Fund,” has since been removed. According to the local outlet, the page, which provided instructions on how to donate, had 40 or so members.
"[Brock's parents] are dealing with a monumental life-changing and tragic situation with Brock, and their expenses continue to mount,” the page read. “As a mother and friend, I would do anything to help my child and save him. I know that while we are not experiencing what they are feeling, my heart and faith continue to want to help and be supportive."
Former swimmer Brock, 20, was convicted on three felony counts of sexual assault after sexually assaulting an unconscious 23-year-old woman during a party on campus. As previously reported, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock to just six months in jail. Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that Brock will only serve half of his sentence. He’s currently being held in protective custody at the Santa Clara County Jail.
Dan Turner faced backlash after he dubbed the incident in his letter to the judge a mere “20 minutes of action” in his son’s life.
The controversial case caused even more outrage after it was revealed on Thursday, June 9, that Brock had lied about being unfamiliar with the partying scene. In his letter to the judge, Brock blamed his crime on Stanford’s “party culture.” However, in a prosecutor’s memo, it was revealed that in high school the swimmer drank alcohol, dropped acid and more.