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Brock Turner: Former Stanford swimmer appears in criminal justice textbook as an ‘example of a rapist’

Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of raping an unconscious woman last year, now has his face plastered on a criminal justice college book as the “textbook example of a rapist.”

New York Post reports that Turner’s mugshot, along with the details of his crime and conviction, appears in the new textbook, “Introduction to Criminal Justice: Systems, Diversity, and Change, 2nd Edition.”

“A recent highly publicized example is that of rapist Brock Turner. Turner, a student at Stanford University, was caught in the act, and ultimately convicted of three felony charges: assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object,” the textbook reads.

He may have been able to get out of prison time but in my Criminal Justice 101 textbook, Brock Turner is the definition…

Posted by Hannah Kendall Shuman on Thursday, September 7, 2017

 

Washington State University freshman Hannah Kendall Shuman took to Facebook and posted a page out of the textbook that displays Turner’s mugshot after she recognized him while doing her homework.

“He may have been able to get out of prison time but in my Criminal Justice 101 textbook, Brock Turner is the definition of rape, so he’s got that goin for him,” Shuman wrote on a Facebook post.

The authors of the textbook, Callie Marie Rennison and Mary J. Dodge, said that including Brock’s case in the textbook serves as a “learning exercise” for those who found Brock’s case shocking.

“Some are shocked at how short this sentence is,” the textbook reads. “Others who are more familiar with the way sexual violence has been handled in the criminal justice system are shocked that he was found guilty and served time at all. What do you think?”

On January 18, 2015, Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious female after a frat party at the the Kappa Alpha fraternity on the Stanford campus. Two cyclists passing by the area caught Brock assaulting the victim behind a trash can close to the party. When authorities arrived, the female victim didn’t respond when a deputy shook her shoulders. Brock was arrested for rape, assault, and sexually penetrating the victim with a foreign object.

On March 30, 2016, a judge found Turner guilty of three felonies including sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object, assault with intent to rape an intoxicated woman, and sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object. In a shocking move, the judge sentenced Turner to served six months in jail. He ended up serving only three months before he was released.

Turner, now out of jail, is registered as a sex offender and required to participate in a sex offender rehabilitation program.

[Feature Photo: Police Handout]