(NEW YORK) — Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, walked out of a jail in Santa Clara County, California, this morning, after serving half of his six-month sentence.
Turner walked out of the Santa Clara County facility shortly after 6 a.m. local time where a pack of reporters was waiting for him. He ignored questions as he walked quickly from the jail entrance to the backseat of a waiting car.
Turner received hundreds of letters of hate mail while he was behind bars, James Jensen of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office told ABC News.
Now that he’s out of jail, Turner, now 21, has three years of probation and must register as a sex offender.
He’s expected to return to his hometown in Greene County, Ohio. Within five days of Turner’s return to Ohio, the former Stanford student must go to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department to be photographed and registered as a sex offender, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer told ABC News. Postcards will be mailed to alert nearby homeowners that a sex offender lives in the area, Fischer said.
The January 2015 assault — digital penetration — was stopped by two men on bicycles who noticed that the victim wasn’t moving, authorities said. Turner, who was 19 at the time, fled, but the witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.
Turner was found guilty in March of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
Turner was facing up to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for six years, but Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner on June 2 to six months in jail and three years’ probation, as recommended by the probation department.
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