Contrary to his statement to probation officials that he is an "inexperienced drinker and partygoer," new evidence suggests that former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner had plenty of experience with drinking and partying prior to sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in January of 2015.
"Before this happened, I never had any trouble with law enforcement and I plan on maintaining that," Turner said in a statement to Judge Aaron Persky during the trial. "I've been shattered by the party culture and risk taking behavior that I briefly experienced in my four months at school."
However, ABC News reports that not only do Turner's text messages suggest that he has been drinking and experimenting with drugs since high school, but he was also arrested in 2014 for underage drinking and running from the police—a direct contradiction to Turner's claims he has no history of trouble with law enforcement. When one of his friends was detained, he identified Turner as one of his Stanford swim teammates and Turner was asked to return to the scene. He came back wearing a "bright orange tuxedo," smelled of alcohol, and had a backpack full of beer.
Mercury News also reports that a prosecutor's memo from the case stated that Turner's phone was allegedly full of references to drug and alcohol use, including a video featuring Turner smoking from a bong and drinking liquor out of a bottle. The memo states there were also numerous references in Turner's text messages to buying and smoking marijuana, and texts that "referenced doing acid or trying to find a 'hook up' to purchase acid both in high school and while at Stanford."
Furthermore, multiple sources now report that Turner had exhibited concerning behavior with other women both on the night of the assault and prior. According to ABC, at the party Turner met the woman he sexually assaulted, he allegedly grabbed another woman out of nowhere and kissed her. The woman said they had not flirted or even talked much prior to him doing so; and that he later tried to kiss her again while she was talking with a friend.
A woman who met Turner at a party the weekend before the assault allegedly also reported similarly unacceptable behavior. After they started dancing together, he made her feel uncomfortable and she turned away from him—causing him to become "touchy," and to "put his hands on her waist, stomach, and upper thighs."
In case it needs to be said, this is in stark contrast with the picture Turner presented of himself to the judge during his trial.
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