Brock Turner, the ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, lied about his history of drinking and drug use when he portrayed himself in a statement to probation officials as an “inexperienced drinker and party goer,” prosecutors contended in a sentencing memo.
Turner is serving a six-month jail sentence for three counts of sexual assault, but can be released in as soon as three months. He faced a maximum of 14 years in jail and Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky’s sentence has led to widespread outcry and a campaign to recall him.
Turner has also come under fire for the statement, obtained by CBS News, in which he blames his behavior on alcohol and the “college lifestyle.” In the statement, he also implies he hadn’t had experience with partying and drinking prior to the sex assault.
“Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol,” he said in the statement.
In the memo, however, prosecutors point to cell phone evidence they say proves otherwise. In a search of Turner’s cell phone, prosecutors say they found photos of Turner smoking a pipe and a Dec. 27, 2014 video of Turner smoking a bong and drinking out of a liquor bottle immediately after.
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