PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A Santa Clara County jury has reached the verdict that a former Stanford University swimmer accused of raping a woman on campus over a year ago is guilty on three charges of sexual assault.
Despite his boyish looks, prosecutors have described Brock Turner, 20, as the “quintessential face of campus sexual assault” and jurors agreed Wednesday.
Turner, thought to be Olympics 2016-bound, was accused of attempted sexual assault as well as the penetration of a woman who was either unconscious or too drunk to consent to sex. He was found guilty on three felony counts Wednesday.
Turner faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
The alleged incident happened after a night of heavy drinking at a campus fraternity party.
Turner has admitted to sexually fondling the woman after consuming nine alcoholic drinks at an on-campus fraternity party on January 18, 2015, but denied raping her, according to a report from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
Police and prosecutors say the victim had three times the legal limit of alcohol in her system when the alleged assault occurred – that she was blackout drunk and unable to agree to sex. Turner’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Turner took the stand in his own defense and said he could walk and talk normally. He testified that the young woman agreed to go back to his dorm room.
He also claimed that she was a willing participant in the admittedly drunk and sloppy sexual encounter that happened in the bushes outside the fraternity party.
The jury decided that Turner was involved in something far more criminal than a drunken college hook up.