The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department has released a mug shot of Brock Turner, the former Stanford student who was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault on Thursday, June 2.
The law enforcement agency released the 20-year-old’s booking photo to the media on Monday, June 6. According to the Huffington Post, the image was taken on Friday, June 3, when Turner surrendered for his six-month jail sentence. Turner may be released early for good behavior, but was also sentenced to three years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender for his assault on an unconscious woman.
Prior to the mug shot’s release, some had wondered why coverage of the story featured images of Turner in yearbook photos and footage from his trial.
The reason for the delay in releasing the image? New York magazine’s The Cut spoke to the Stanford Department of Public Safety, the agency that arrested Turner, which told the publication that it was up to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department to decide whether to release the mug shot, which was taken when Turner was arrested in January 2015.
But the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department told The Cut that the responsibility rested with the arresting agency, in this case, the Stanford Department of Public Safety.
(Hours after the booking photo was released, The Advocate obtained the original mug shot taken by the Stanford Department of Public Safety the day of Turner’s arrest.)
This is just the latest of the headlines surrounding the case since Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to what many critics have deemed to be too light of a sentence. (He was facing up to 14 years in prison.)
News of the sentencing spread after the victim’s powerful and moving statement went viral over the weekend. On Monday, letters from Turner’s dad and a friend written in his defense surfaced and caused outrage, with many slamming them as “tone deaf” for diminishing the seriousness of the crime.
If you or anyone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A trained staff member will provide confidential, judgment-free support as well as local resources to assist in healing and recovering, and more.
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