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(PALO ALTO, Calif.) —  Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted last of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, exhibited concerning behavior before with other women, according to sentencing documents.

At a party the night the victim was sexually assaulted, a woman said Turner suddenly grabbed her and kissed her, the court documents show. The woman then turned and pushed him away, describing the interaction as “odd” because they had not talked much and there was no flirtation.

Later that night, Turner came back and tried to kiss her a second time as she was talking to a friend. He put his hands on her waist, and she “had to move away from him,” the sentencing document said.

On June, 25 2015, detectives received information about two women who encountered Turner the weekend before the sexual assault took place. The woman attended a KA fraternity party on the weekend of Jan. 9, 2015, where one of the women was introduced to Turner.

The woman said Turner started dancing with her and described him as being “flirtatious” with her, according to sentencing court documents. After she began to feel uncomfortable and “turn her body away so that he would not be directly ‘behind’ her,” he became “touchy” and put his hands on her waist, stomach and upper thighs.

 The woman said Turner “creeped” her out because of his persistence, the court document stated.

It is unclear why it took the women so long to report the incident to the police.

Turner was previously arrested in 2014, when a police officer saw him and a group of friends walking and drinking beers on campus. When the officer yelled, “Stop! Police!” the group ran away from him and continued running after he yelled it again.

One of the men who was detained identified Turner as one of his swim teammates whom he was drinking with when the detective first saw him. The detective then called Turner and asked him to return to the scene, and when he did, he was wearing a “bright orange tuxedo” and smelled of alcohol, the document said. He had a backpack with beers inside, as well as a beer in his hand, and admitted to trying to hide the beer because he was not 21 years old.

The prosecutors’ sentencing document says it was “abundantly” clear that on the night of the rape, Turner was “on the prowl” and attempted to “hook up” with women who were strangers to him. The rape came one week after he was similarly aggressive with another female, at a different fraternity party, at the same location, the document said.

Turner is still in denial about his criminal culpability and that he violated the victim’s body and her right to choose with whom she engages in sexual activity, the document states. In his statement to probation he seems to regret his choice, not because it caused a woman to be sexually assaulted, but because it has greatly affected his life as though he is the “victim” of “peer pressure,” the document states.

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