Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was spotted Sunday afternoon in the backyard of his parents’ home in Ohio, reports CBS Dayton affiliate WHIO-TV.
Turner wasFriday after serving half of his six-month sentence in Santa Clara County, California, for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus in January 2015.
Turner’s parents moved from their Oakwood, Ohio home to a house in a Sugarcreek Township in Greene County, Ohio, where Turner will serve his three-year probation. Turner also will be required to register with his local sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of his life as a Tier III sex offender. He also has to undergo sex offender treatment while on probation.
“We’re not treating him with kid gloves,” Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said last week. “We’re going to treat him like every other sex offender that comes through the doors.”
Following his release Friday, Fischer said Turner had five days to report to Fischer’s office in Xenia, Ohio. After that, the sheriff’s office will send postcards to Turner’s neighbors to notify them of his nearby residence.
Turner also must meet with a state officer for his probation. The nearest prison is in Lebanon.
outside the Turner family home as he was freed Friday.
Some neighbors aren’t happy he’ll be living among them, CBS News reports.
One is Molly Hardin.
“He’s just not welcome,” she said.
Turner’s early release also reignited the controversy over the judge who gave him what critics consider a very light sentence.
Judge Aaron Persky reassigned himself to civil cases, but that’s not good enough for Michelle Dauber, who’s leading an effort to recall Persky, himself a Stanford graduate.
“Judge Persky’s bias is a threat to the rule of law and we will continue until he is no longer a judge,” Dauber said at a California protest.
Persky now has his own website to defend against the recall and he was support from law professors across the state. Forty-six signed a letter opposing his removal, including Laurie Levenson.
“Even if you don’t agree with the sentence in this case, it’s important that there be judicial independence and the judge is not always looking over his shoulder when he makes a decision.”
California lawmakers recently passed a bill that would require harsher sentences for crimes like the one Turner committed, but it’s still not clear if the governor will sign it into law.