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Stanford Rapist Brock Turner Registers as Sex Offender

Former student will have to re-register every 90 days for rest of life

Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who was convicted of charges related to sexual assault but spent only three months in jail, registered as a sex offender Tuesday morning in his home state of Ohio. Video from WKEF via ABC News shows an officer speaking with the 21-year-old during the process, which took about half an hour.

Turner arrived at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office shortly before 9 a.m. with his parents, according to ABC News. The sheriff’s office must now fulfill a requirement of sending postcards to his neighbors notifying them of his sex-offender status. Turner will also have to re-register as a Tier III sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life.

Turner was released from custody in California last Friday after serving only three months of his six-month sentence. He is now serving three years’ probation.

The former student was found guilty of three charges in March related to a January 2015 incident where the then-19-year-old was found digitally penetrating an unconscious woman. Two men on bicycles who witnessed the crime stopped Turner and held him until authorities arrived. He 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 faced up to 14 years in prison for the crime. Prosecutors asked for only six years, but Judge Aaron Persky – swayed by testimony on Turner’s behalf – delivered the infamously lenient jail and probation sentence. It was reduced further when Turner was released early for “good behavior.”

The sentencing became a cause célèbre leading to public outrage. USA Swimming subsequently banned Turner for life, and Vice President Joe Biden wrote a powerful public letter to Turner’s anonymous victim. Jurors also refused to serve on cases Persky would be presiding over.

Last week, California legislature passed a bill in response to the sentencing that broadens the definition of sexual assault cases that require mandatory minimum sentences. It is now headed to Governor Jerry Brown.

Vice President Joe Biden has written a powerful letter to the young woman who was sexually assaulted by Stanford student Brock Turner. Watch here.

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