After outrage surfaced over the hesitation to release the mugshot of a man who was convicted of felony sexual assault, the Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff released it, but there was something unusual: the mugshot was from the date of his sentencing, not from the date of the crime. But later Monday evening, the Stanford University Department of Public Safety released the booking photo of Brock Turner from Jan. 18, 2015, the morning after the assault actually took place.
The photo shows a wildly different person than the one who has been seen in the mugshot, the yearbook photos, and the courtroom photos. His hair is long and disheveled, his eyes are red, and he's certainly not wearing a suit. There was a lot of controversy initially over the fact that his mugshot had not been released until Monday. The mugshot was later released after outcry on social media, but it was from June 2, 2016, the day he was sentenced to six months in jail. And it's quite a bit different from the photo that was taken of him in 2015, after two men on bicycles saw him assaulting a young woman and tackled him, according to the victim's own statement.
The mugshot from the night he was first booked.
Turner, 20, was convicted of three counts of felony sexual assault: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person, and sexual penetration of an unconscious person. Along with the six months in prison, he also received three years probation and must also register as a sex offender (a list on which he'll be for the rest of his life).
The mugshot from the date of his sentencing, a year and a half later.
Many people decried the sentence handed down by Judge Aaron Persky as much too lenient. The maximum that Turner faced was 14 years, though prosecutors recommended six years. The judge said he gave the sentence because he was concerned about the "severe impact" a long sentence could have on the man's life. The victim, who had said she didn't want Turner to rot away in prison — but clarified that didn't mean she didn't want him behind bars — called the recommendation for him to receive less than a year in prison a "a soft timeout, a mockery of the seriousness of his assaults, an insult to me and all women."
Images: Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff (1); Stanford University Department of Public Safety (1)