The 21-year old rapist, Brock Turner, has signed up as a sex offender in the state of Ohio after being released last week from jail. Turner, who served half of his six-month sentence, is set to do three years of probation and will be monitored by the State.
A week ago, Brock Turner became a free man after spending 90 days in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious and intoxicated 23-year old woman behind a dumpster in 2015.
Turner’s case became viral as an example of the on-going college rape crisis currently happening in the country. Media attention has been focused on the ex-swimmers life due to the controversy of his short sentence and the emotional letter written by Turner’s victim that vividly recalled her experience after being raped.
The 21-year old was released last Friday from San Jose’s Main Jail in California and was required to register as a sex offender for life. According to media reports Turner assisted the Green County Sheriff’s Office in Xenia to complete his registration around 8 a.m on Tuesday morning.
According to the court’s requests, the sex offender must re-register every 90-days for the rest of his life and is set to receive unscheduled visits to his parents’ house, where he is currently living, as a way of monitoring the information provided to authorities.
Turner entered the Sherrif ‘s office at early morning hours and spent around half an hour filling forms; locals took pictures of the sex offender as he completed the procedure. His parents, Dan and Carleen Turner were present at the moment.
“We’re not treating him with kid gloves, we’re going to treat him like every other sex offender that comes trough those doors,” said Gene Fischer, who is Green County’s Sherrif, to the Daily Mail last week.
Brock’s case and sentence
The name Brock Turner has become widely known around the country since national attention was set on the 20-year old man who was found guilty of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.
Turner’s felonies were a response to his actions after he raped a drunk girl at a Stanford fraternity party and the victim’s letter, that recalled waking up at the hospital without her underwear with pine needles in her hair and private parts, became viral on the internet.
It seems that Turner’s case became a national concern for various sensitive subjects to U.S citizens.
The first subject is college rapes, according to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network girls from 18 to 24 years-old within the university system have three times more chances to get raped than anyone else. However, girls of the same age range, who are not enrolled in the school system are four times more likely to get raped.
As CNN News reports, there are at least 288,820 rape victims, 12-years and older who get raped every year in the United States. The offensive numbers and rape cases have become a public concern, in particular for those women attending college or within the age range showed in statistics.
But the concerning fact for the public hasn’t been the rape cases alone, but the justice’s system response to those assaults and Turner’s case seems to be a great example. The now, 21-year old male, was received at his hometown by armed protesters with signs that read “castrate all rapists” and “no sympathy for rapists” after he spent just half of his sentence in the California jail.
Turner, who was found raping the 23-year old victim by Swedish students, was set to do at least six years of his sentence. However, Judge Aaron Persky decided the young sexual offender had no previous history and had shown “a sincere remorse” and since alcohol seemed to impair his decisions, Turner was sentenced to six months in jail, with the chances of getting out at three.
Persky’s sentence became a national scandal, with activists protesting over women’s rights and the Black Lives Matter movement pledging “white-sympathy” had been involved in the judge’s decision. A collective sign form was able to recall judge Persky from the justice system and from now on he won’t be able to take on criminal cases and will sit in the civil division.
Since then, there have been a significant national movement, on-line and all sorts of campaigns asking for Brock Turner to remain in jail and do the time for his actions and by coming out of prison, those campaigns have gotten bigger.
As an example of campaigns against Turner and college rapes, Roxane Jones, a black lives matter, women and sports activist recently wrote an opinion article for CNN News asking the public, society, and the justice system to “stop justifying men who rape.”
Despite the campaigns and the activists, Turner is a free 21-year old man in Ohio seeking to put his life back together, however since he is now a registered sex offender his life will depend on local authorities.
Turner’s legal responsibilities
Now that Turner is registered as a sex offender for life, he will have to attend the Sheriff’s office every 90 days to re-confirm his situation, and all of his personal details, including his house address, have been uploaded as public information.
Neighbors living in the Ohio town of Bellfield will receive notices on their homes to inform about the sex offender living nearby. Authorities prohibit sex offenders from living nearby schools, will have to be always tested for alcohol and drug use and has been banned from having a gun.
Turner must check in by phone or person at least one time a week with authorities and will have his Internet interactions monitored by local police officers.
The 21-year old will have the chance to appeal the sentence and be removed from the sex offender registration.