USA Swimming bans ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for life

Posted at 1:05 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 16:05:08-04

USA Swimming has issued a lifetime ban on Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

ABC News reported Turner, 20, will not be allowed to gain membership with the organization. According to ABC News, swimmers must be a member of USA Swimming to compete in sanctioned events, including the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials that select the Olympic team every four years.

In a statement obtained by ABC News, USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said: "USA Swimming condemns the crime and actions committed by Brock Turner, and all acts of sexual misconduct. Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership. Had he been a member, he would have been subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate the Code of Conduct."

A jury in March found Turner guilty of three felony sexual assault counts for the January 2015 attack, which was interrupted by two graduate students who saw him assaulting a partially clothed woman behind a trash bin. Turner tried to flee, but the students tackled and pinned him down until police arrived and arrested him.

Turner had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The three-time All American high school swimmer from Dayton, Ohio, withdrew from Stanford after his arrest.

Turner was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation last week -- a punishment that sparked national outrage.

The woman, who was not a student, told investigators she drank about four shot glasses of whisky before going to the fraternity party, and then drank vodka there. The next thing she said she remembered was waking up at a hospital in San Jose, where a deputy told her she may have been a victim of sexual assault.

"I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water and decided, I don't want my body anymore. I was terrified of it," the woman wrote in a letter to Turner and Judge Persky that she read in the courtroom during the sentencing. "I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else."

"My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty," she also said.