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Stanford University swimmer faces felony sex-assault charges

Brock Turner, 19, charged with rape

A Stanford University freshman is facing five felony sexual-assault charges, including rape of an unconscious person and rape of an intoxicated person, for an alleged Jan. 18 on-campus incident that was reportedly stopped by students passing by.

Brock Turner, 19, a member of the men's swim team, was arrested early in the morning on Jan. 18 after students came across him allegedly assaulting a woman, who is not a Stanford student, outdoors in the 600 block of Lagunita Court. He was booked into the San Jose Main Jail on two charges, attempted rape and digital penetration with a foreign object, and released the same day on $150,000 bail.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed five charges against Turner on Tuesday: rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman and assault with intent to commit rape.

The district attorney said the students who intervened were instrumental in stopping the alleged assault, according to the university.

"Several students, both graduates and undergraduates, were upstanders in this situation," Catherine Criswell, the university's Title IX Coordinator, said in a statement. "They made the courageous decision to intervene and provide assistance. That is exactly the type of leadership and caring we attempt to cultivate in our community, and we commend those students on their courage and quick response."

The Stanford Department of Public Safety immediately conducted an investigation into the incident and sent its findings to the district attorney for review. The university has also launched a separate investigation under its Title IX process.

Turner has voluntarily withdrawn his registration from Stanford and he is not eligible to re-enroll, the university said. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday.

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42 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

A big thank you to the bicyclists who witnessed the assault and chased down and detained the perp when he tried to run.


4 people like this
Posted by local alum
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 28, 2015 at 11:14 am

Kudos to the students and Stanford for handling this expeditiously. What a sad situation all around.4A


25 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm

I am so pleased that this crime was stopped by the cyclists and it shows that there are people who look out for others everywhere.

I am so sorry for the young woman. If she wasn't a Stanford student, she could have been any young woman from Palo Alto. I sincerely hope she recovers fully from this terrible incident.

As for the ex-student, he has been extremely stupid and done something horrendous that not only caused a young woman great distress that she won't forget ever, but has caused himself, his family and even the high school he graduated from great distress. This young man is going to pay for this crime, as he should, and it will also be something he carries with him for the rest of his life. What a waste of a promising young man's life!


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Posted by business decision
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 29, 2015 at 4:00 am

How strange that nobody asks why intoxication is so common. The drinks industry gets a free pass!


2 people like this
Posted by SEA_SEELAM REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm

SEA_SEELAM REDDY is a registered user.

Great news!

Hope the justice prevails and alleged wrong doer repents and takes action to not do it again!

How do make 'drinking' not fashionable at college campuses? Specially in the east coast colleges.

Respectfully


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Posted by Kat
a resident of another community
on Jan 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm

where were her girlfriends???!!! how many people walked by without doing anything?


2 people like this
Posted by Anne
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Is there to be no punishment for the KA frat allowing an underaged freshman to drink? Perhaps Catherine Chriswell should comment on that too?


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