Following the release of Santa Clara County Sheriff Office's full police report on Stanford swimmer Brock Turner's sexual assault case, new and harrowing details are emerging on Turner's behavior that night. Specifically, that he may have photographed his victim while she was unconscious—and shared images with friends in a group text message conversation.
On the night of Turner's arrest, a witness actually saw him standing over his victim's body, pointing his phone at her and seemingly taking a picture or video. "The cell phone had a bright light pointed in the direction of the female," the police report quotes the witness as saying, "using either a flashlight app on the phone or its built in app." The witness went over to make sure everything was alright and to try to help the victim, who was unconscious. At this point, Turner left the scene:
The timeline here suggests that Turner left his victim for an unspecified period of time, before returning to the scene—at which point the two Swedish men, Peter Jonsson and Carl-Fredrik Arndt, spotted him on top of the victim and intervened.
As initially referenced in an ABC News report (published prior to the police report's release in full), Santa Clara police "observed a text message sent to Turner in the GroupMe application that said 'Who's t*** are those?' Police obtained a search warrant for Turner's phone but were unable to locate that text or any photos relating to that text, according to the documents." The police report notes this conversation playing out following Turner's arrest, but seemingly relating to a conversation that had begun earlier in the night:
Below, a screencap of the message sent to Turner that's also part of the Sheriff's Office's evidence packet, via The Daily Mail:
It's important to note also that, when police discovered the victim, they reported that her bra was very disheveled, and had been lifted up over her left breast—so the change (presumably a transcription inconsistency) from"tit" to "tits" in the court document is potentially significant:
There remain a few potential grey areas in this narrative: it's possible a different friend in the group chat was sending around photos of a woman's breast that night; the witness was unable to identify any distinct features about the man he saw taking the photo, so in theory this person wasn't Turner. But as The Daily Mail's report makes clear, it's a line of inquiry police are investigating, and also one being argued by prosecutor Alaleh Kianierci in the case against Turner (along with much other evidence pulled from his phone). And if true, the texts further illustrate just how dishonest Turner was about the narrative of the evening, and his behavior throughout, during the trial.
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