Brock Turner Gets Lifetime Ban From USA Swimming

Effectively ending his Olympic dreams
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2016 12:28 PM CDT
Brock Turner Gets Lifetime Ban From USA Swimming
Brock Turner   (Santa Clara County Sheriff via AP, File)

Brock Turner may have received just a six-month sentence (of which he'll likely serve only three) from a judge for raping an unconscious girl behind a dumpster, but he won't get the same leniency from USA Swimming, USA Today reports. The organization, which oversees all professional swim competitions in the US, announced this week that the 20-year-old Stanford swimmer had been permanently banned. “USA Swimming condemns the crime and actions committed by Brock Turner, and all acts of sexual misconduct,” ABC News quotes USA Swimming as saying in a statement. Turner was expected to be a future Olympian, but the lifetime ban effectively ends that dream, according to Jezebel. The USA Swimming-sanctioned events from which Turner is banned include Olympic trials.

Turner's membership with USA Swimming lapsed at the end of 2014, just before he raped the victim after a frat party in January 2015. "Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership,” says the USA Swimming statement. Had he been a member, he would have been kicked out for sexual misconduct in violation of the organization's rules of conduct. In addition to his six-month sentence—for which the judge is receiving blowback from potential jurors in other cases—Turner will have to register as a sex offender, CNN reports. Turner plans to appeal the sentence, but it's unlikely he'll ever represent the US as a professional swimmer. (More Brock Turner stories.)

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