Brock Turner, who was released from jail last Friday after serving just three months of his six-month sentence for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, officially registered as a sex offender Tuesday morning. He visited the sheriff’s office in his hometown of Bellbrook, Ohio, and filled out the necessary forms while a crowd of reporters looked on. He’ll remain on the sex-offender registry for the rest of his life.
Turner’s mother, Carleen Turner, attempted to shield her 21-year-old son from the press using her cardigan. Before Brock was sentenced, Carleen Turner begged judge Aaron Persky not to send her son to prison:
“Look at him. He won’t survive it. He will be damaged forever and I fear he would be a major target. Stanford boy, college kid, college athlete, all the publicity … this would be a death sentence for him. Having lost everything he has ever worked for his entire life and knowing the registry is a requirement for the rest of his life certainly is more than harsh … Your honor, please be kind and merciful to my beautiful son. He is suffering and will continue to pay for this for his entire lifetime.”
Both Brock Turner and Carleen Turner declined to speak publicly.