Convicted rapist Brock Turner is due to be released this Friday, having served just three months behind bars in a county jail.
The Stanford University student was controversially sentenced to six months jail and three years probation for the January 2015 sexual assault of an unconscious woman outside a fraternity party.
However, public records suggest he is due be released early on good behaviour, reports The Los Angeles Times.
Prosecutors had sought a six-year prison term, but Judge Aaron Persky declared a stint in a state prison was not “the right answer” for Turner. It was a move that sparked outrage around the world and led to a prominent campaign to have Persky recalled from the bench.
The case was brought to international attention via a powerful 12-page impact statement penned by Turner’s unidentified 23-year-old victim.
“In newspapers my name was ‘unconscious intoxicated woman’, 10 syllables, and nothing more than that. For a while, I believed that that was all I was,” she wrote.
“I had to force myself to relearn my real name, my identity. To relearn that this is not all that I am. That I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party found behind a dumpster, while you are the All-American swimmer at a top university, innocent until proven guilty, with so much at stake.”
Turner’s impending release has brought public anger over the leniency of his sentence bubbling back to the surface, with many taking to social media to vent their frustrations.
Persky has since been reassigned to the civil division of Santa Clara court, and will no longer hear criminal cases.
Meanwhile, Californian lawmakers yesterday passed legislation that would ensure a mandatory prison sentence for offenders convicted of sexually assaulting a person who is unconscious or too intoxicated to consent, a move enacted as a direct response to Turner’s case.
According to CNN, the law will bring such offences in line with other sex crimes including rape by force and aggravated sexual assault of a child.