Brock Turner to Register as Sex Offender, Neighbors Protest Early Release

Brock Turner to Register as Sex Offender, Neighbors Protest Early Release


Convicted felon Brock Turner is released from prison on September 2, 2016.

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Brock Turner, the former Stanford University student who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, will be required to register as a sex offender following his recent release from jail.

The 21-year-old ex-swimmer — who was released from the Santa Clara County Jail on Friday, September 2, after serving less than half of his six-month sentence — has five days to report to Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer’s office in his home state of Ohio to register as a Tier III sex offender, according to WHIO.

“We’re not treating him with kid gloves,” Fisher told the local news outlet on Thursday, September 1. “We’re going to treat him like every other sex offender that comes through the doors.”

As a Tier III sex offender, Turner will be required to fulfill mandatory requirements, including re-registering four times per year for the rest of his life. He will also serve three years of probation.

“We will go down to his house where he is living to confirm he is living there,” Fisher added. “We will pop in unannounced from time to time to make sure he’s living where he says he’s living.”

Turner’s neighbors, meanwhile, aren’t happy about his return to Ohio. Shortly after his early release from jail, groups of protestors gathered in front of the Turner family home (some of them reportedly carrying weapons). According to WHIO, one protestor penned a message in chalk on the family’s sidewalk, writing, “Its your job to hold your son/self responsible so he/you don’t hurt my daughters.”

“To have somebody like that in our neighborhood, who isn’t very friendly to young women — I just have an issue with,” one local resident told ABC News.

Turner’s case made national headlines earlier this year after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious 22-year-old woman behind a dumpster. He was sentenced to just six months for the incident, which took place in January 2015, but was released three months early. The unidentified victim’s open letter to Turner, which she read aloud in court, was later released by BuzzFeed and went viral.

“He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn’t expire. Just like what he did to me doesn’t expire, doesn’t just go away after a set number of years,” she wrote. “It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life.”

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