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Brock Turner: ‘I was just trying to hook up with a girl’

Published: Saturday, September 03, 2016 @ 5:53 PM
By: Will Garbe - Staff Writer

New details from Brock Turner’s interview with police officers illustrate that the sexual assailant and ex-Oakwood swimmer tried to negotiate with the bystanders who tackled him after he tried to run from the victim.

“Dude, let’s talk about this,” Turner recalled telling the bystanders, according to a 30-minute recording of the police interview, reviewed by WHIO-TV San Francisco affiliate KPIX-TV.

“Just let me go,” he said.

Turner, now 21, was released Friday from Santa Clara County Jail after serving three months of a six-month sentence after his sexual assault conviction stemming from a Jan. 18, 2015, incident.

Two bystanders on bicycles stopped Turner during the assault at Stanford University, at which point he began “rapidly running away from” the female victim, records show. The two checked on the woman, found her unconscious and gave chase, tripping Turner and causing him to fall with a leg sweep.

“I thought it was really weird the guy thought I was raping the girl,” Turner told police, according to KPIX-TV.

He said, “My intentions were not to rape a girl. I was just trying to hook up with a girl.”

Prosecutors and the victim herself ardently disagreed with Turner’s account.

“To sit under oath and inform all of us, that yes I wanted it, yes I permitted it, and that you are the true victim attacked by guys for reasons unknown to you is sick, is demented, is selfish, is stupid,” the victim wrote. “It shows that you were willing to go to any length to discredit me, invalidate me, and explain why it was okay to hurt me.”

Photos taken after the assault and obtained this weekend by NBC News show Turner’s face covered in dirt, his hands red and marked. A police report reviewed by this news organization illustrates law enforcement characterized the dirt on his face and shirt “as if he had been in a physical struggle.”

Officers interviewed Turner after reading him his Miranda rights.

At one point, he said, “She seemed to enjoy it.”

An officer asked, according to KPIX-TV, “The decision to make out, was that a mutual thing?”

“Mmm hmm,” Turner replied.

The officer also asks, “At what point does she stop responding?”

“Well, we didn’t kiss the entire time,” Turner replied, before trailing off.

Turner later told the court he was too drunk to know that the woman was unconscious during his encounter with her.

Turner must return to the Dayton-area in coming days to serve probation and register as a sex offender, according to his transfer agreement. On Saturday, local and national media and a police presence remained outside the home his parents now own in Sugarcreek Twp.