PALO ALTO (CBS News) — Brock Turner, the ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, lied about his history of drinking and drug use when he portrayed himself in a statement to probation officials as an “inexperienced drinker and party goer,” prosecutors contended in a sentencing memo.
Turner is serving a six-month jail sentence for three counts of sexual assault, but can be released in as soon as three months. He faced a maximum of 14 years in jail and Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky’s sentence has led to widespread outcry and a campaign to recall him.
Turner has also come under fire for the statement, obtained by CBS News, in which he blames his behavior on alcohol and the “college lifestyle.” In the statement, he also implies he hadn’t had experience with partying and drinking prior to the sex assault.
“Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol,” he said in the statement.
In the memo, however, prosecutors point to cell phone evidence they say proves otherwise. In a search of Turner’s cell phone, prosecutors say they found photos of Turner smoking a pipe and a Dec. 27, 2014 video of Turner smoking a bong and drinking out of a liquor bottle immediately after.
They say texts also point to drug use, including a Dec. 18, 2014 message in which he asks a friend, “Do you think I could buy some wax so we could do some dabs?” referring to a highly concentrated form of marijuana. Other text messages referenced smoking, buying and sharing “weed” and trying to find a “hook up” to buy acid both while Turner was in high school and at Stanford, the memo says.
On Dec. 24, 2014, according to the memo, Turner received a message from a friend that read, “I’ve got a hankerin for a good acid trip when we get back.” Prosecutors say Turner replied: “I’m down for sure.”
The memo says he responded to a friend bragging about “candyflippin” – referring to taking LSD and MDMA together – by saying, “I gotta [expletive] try that. I’ve heard it’s awesome.”
The memo says on June 3, 2014 Turner’s sister asked him via text, “Did you rage last night?” To which Turner replied, “Yeah kind of. It was hard to find a place to drink. But when we finally did we could only drink for like an hour an a half.”
Prosecutors say the records show Turner was already an experienced drinker in high school, had routinely smoked marijuana and experimented with hard drugs including LSD, despite his statement.
The memo goes on to blast Turner for blaming his “predatory and repulsive” actions on “drinking, peer pressure and college culture.”
In a letter that has since gone viral, the victim in the case calls on Turner to take responsibility for his actions, saying, “assault is not an accident.”
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