Brock Turner is officially registered as a sex offender.
After serving just three months for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster after a party at Stanford University in January 2015, Brock Turner is back home staying at his parent’s home in Ohio.
In March, Turner was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object and sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object. The maximum sentence for those charges is 14 years. Prosecutors pushed for a six-year prison sentence. Turner was given six months, and he was released after just three for “good behaviour.”
Many people, such as the armed protesters that camped outside his home, and really anyone with a decent moral compass, agree that three months definitely didn’t fit Turner’s crimes. But while it is felt that true justice has not been served, at the very least, Turner will be followed by the crime he committed forever.
On Tuesday, the 21-year-old convicted sexual assailant arrived with his parents at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in Xenia, Ohio, to register as a sexual offender.
Turner will also serve three years of probation. Meaning that for the next three years he will undergo court-mandated drug and alcohol treatment and sex offender treatment. According to CNN, this will likely be in the form of group counselling sessions to discuss the behaviour and culture that lead to his committing a sexual assault.
As part of the program Turner will be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol and must submit to polygraph tests. He will also be required to check in with his probation officer at least once a week for the next three years.
But, because of the sexual offender registration, the rest of Turner's life is going to be very different.
- He will be registered as a sexual offender for his entire life.
- As a Tier III (the highest level) sex offender, Turner must re-register every 90 days. Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer told The Washington Post that on each visit, the sheriff's office will update Turner's photo, confirm his address and send a deputy to his home to do a follow-up check.
- A routine background check will show that he is listed in the sexual offender registry database. Meaning if any potential employer doesn't remember his name, they certainly will when they run that simple check.
- Anyone living within 300m of Turner will receive a postcard alerting them that a sex offender is living in their vicinity.
- According to the Ohio Association of Realtors, the sheriff's department will also alert all organisations that work with children within area.
- Turner's name, home address and/or work address, the crime he committed that landed him on the Tier III sex offender list, and his photo will become public record and therefore searchable on the internet.
- Turner will not be able to live within 1000 feet of a school or playground.
- He must inform authorities of the vehicle he's driving.
- He will not be able to move residences without alerting authorities first.
- Turner is not allowed to leave the state of Ohio without permission from authorities.
- He must notify law enforcement of changes in his Internet information. Meaning he has to tell them if he changes his user name and password for any of his email accounts, website logins and social media site.
So, yes Turner sentence was disgustingly light, but at very very least (and we mean very least) the rules of the sexual offender registry make sure that he will never be able to forget what he did.