Former Stanford Swimmer Convicted of Sexual Assault

April 1, 2016

A former Stanford University student and all-star swimmer was found guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a woman on Stanford's campus. The former swimmer, Brock Turner, was accused of assaulting a woman last year, the San Jose Mercury News reported, after she attended a party on campus with her sister. Two men biking to that same party came across Turner assaulting the unconscious woman, and the pair held the swimmer down until police arrived.

Turner said he and the victim, who was not a Stanford student, left the party together and that the sex was consensual, though they were both heavily intoxicated. The woman did not wake up until more than three hours after the assault. Stanford -- which, like many institutions in recent years, has faced criticism for mishandling cases of sexual assault -- expelled Turner last year.

"Today a jury of Santa Clara County residents gave a verdict which I hope will clearly reverberate throughout colleges, in high schools, anywhere where there may be any doubt about the distinction between consent and sexual assault," Jeff Rosen, district attorney, said in a statement. "No means no, drunk means no, passed out means no and sex without consent means criminal assault."

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