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 Rape charges dropped against ex-Stanford swimmer

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 @ 10:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 07, 2016 @ 3:42 PM


            Stanford student from Oakwood accused of sexual assault
Stanford student from Oakwood accused of sexual assault

This story is from Oct. 7, 2015. For the latest developments in the case, click here.

KEY POINTS in the criminal case against Brock Allen Turner, the former Stanford University and three-time All-American Oakwood High School swimmer accused of felony sex assault:

  • Preliminary hearing began Monday, Oct. 5
  • Police: Incident occurred near frat house Jan. 18
  • Police: Victim was half-naked, unconscious.
  • Charges include rape, sexual penetration
  • Turner is free on $150,000 bail

UPDATE @ 5:23 p.m. (Oct. 7)

Two charges of rape have reportedly been dropped against Brock Turner, reports the Stanford Daily.

A preliminary hearing for Brock started Monday, and the day ended Tuesday with charges of rape of an intoxicated person and rape of an unconscious person being dropped. The other three charges still stand, the newspaper reported.

Turner again pleaded not guilty and will stand trial for the three remaining felony counts. A trial setting conference will take place on Oct. 20.

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 6): The Stanford Daily is reporting that a preliminary hearing in the case against Turner began Monday at the Palo Alto Courthouse and the judge has heard from the woman Turner is accused of raping.

Judge Aaron Persky also heard from a witness who was present the evening of the incident as well as from a grad student who police said intervened during the incident.

According to the Stanford Daily, the woman Turner is accused of raping gave a full recount of the afternoon and evening of the alleged assault, including what meals she consumed and what she wore at a party. Her testimony detailed a night that involved drinking and a period of unconsciousness, which ended with her waking up in a hospital and having a rape kit used on her to collect evidence.

The testimony of the second witness echoed that of Turner’s accuser. The witness and Turner’s accuser both recalled meeting together with their friends at the KA party that evening.

However, while Turner’s accuser did not remember meeting him, the witness recalled their interacting with Turner at the fraternity house.

Turner was in the courtroom with his defense attorney, Michael Armstrong.

UPDATE @6:45 p.m. (Feb. 3): Brock Turner’s U.S. Olympic dream would be over if he is found guilty of a felony or any sexually-related violation of USA Swimming’s code of conduct, the organization’s spokesman said.

Turner, 19, the Oakwood High School swimming standout accused of a sex crime on the campus of Stanford University, is back in Ohio before the next step in his court case, according to attorney Michael Armstrong. Turner, who was a freshman on the swim team, has withdrawn from the university and is not allowed on campus.

Scott Leightman, director of communications and public relations for USA Swimming, said Turner had let his USA Swimming membership lapse at the end of December 2014. He had been a USA Swimming member six years and did swim in the 2012 Olympic Trials, Leightman said. Turner did have some race times that met the standards to be included in the 2016 trials, if he were a member in good standing.

Leightman said college swimmers don’t always keep their membership current during the season and that they have plenty of time to renew them before the June 26-July 3 trials in Omaha, Neb.

“If an individual is found in violation of the USA Swimming code of conduct, that person is not eligible to be a member of USA Swimming,” Leightman said. “If you’re not a member, you’re ineligible to participate in USA Swimming-sanctioned competitions, up unto and including the Olympic trials.”

The U.S. Olympic swimming team is chosen based on results from the trials.

The organization’s code of conduct lists several violations that include sex-related misconduct. Leightman said that if Turner were to re-apply, he would be subject to a background check and that USA Swimming wouldn’t take any action right now because Turner is not a member. But if Turner was a member, he could be subject to discipline, including the termination of his membership.

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (Feb. 2): Brock Allen Turner, the former Stanford swimmer and three-time All-American star from Oakwood High School, pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual assault.

The New York Post, sfgate.com and other media reported that Turner entered his plea Monday morning in Santa Clara County Superior Court. Those same media are reporting that Turner was caught on top of an unconscious and half-naked woman outside a fraternity party both had attended.

Turner, 19, was not a fraternity member and the woman was not a Stanford student, according to those media sources.

According to court documents, Turner has acknowledged to investigators that he engaged in sexual activity with the woman. But he denied assaulting her, saying she participated in the contact and “seemed to enjoy the activity.”

He was in court with his father. Both declined comment. The judge denied a request from Turner’s attorney that Turner be excused from future court appearances because he is now living with his family in Ohio.

UPDATE @ 6:40 p.m. (Jan. 28): Brock Allen Turner isn’t just an All-American swimmer, he is an All-American kid, his former high school swim coach said.

That’s why the rape allegations against Turner at Stanford University are shocking to former Oakwood High School swim coach Jennifer Jervis.

“I can tell you nothing but good things. The boy’s like a son to me,” Jervis told the newspaper Wednesday during a phone interview from Oregon, where she now lives. “I’ve never known anything about him that wasn’t upstanding.”

Multiple published reports say Turner, 19, will be formally charged with five rape-related charges stemming from a Jan. 18 on-campus incident in which Turner is alleged to have sexually assaulted an intoxicated, unconscious woman after a party.

According to reports, two students on bicycles witnessed the attack and caught Turner as he tried to run away. A third person called police. Turner was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on Jan. 18 and released on $150,000 bail, according to reports.

Turner has been charged with rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman and assault with intent to commit rape. The alleged victim, who is not a Stanford student, was taken from an area near fraternity houses to a hospital for treatment.

“This is something that the University takes very seriously, and the University took immediate action,” Stanford University spokesperson Lisa Lapin told the San Jose Mercury News.

Turner’s attorney, Mike Armstrong of Palo Alto, declined to comment Wednesday. Efforts to reach Turner’s parents were unsuccessful, and multiple Oakwood High School administrators declined to comment.

Reports say Turner, who withdrew from the university on Tuesday and is not allowed on campus, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all counts. He will be arraigned Monday in Palo Alto, according to a Santa Clara County deputy district attorney.

Jervis said she has no knowledge of the case and hasn’t spoken to the Turner family, which she said is well-known in Oakwood. Jervis also said Turner was an excellent student and an excellent athlete.

“It’s very tragic and he’s a wonderful, wonderful young man,” Jervis said. “He’s an All-American kid. They are like family to me.”

Turner — 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, according to an online bio that was later taken down — was a freshman swimmer at Stanford, according to reports. He set two state meet records and helped Oakwood High School’s boys swim team to back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014. He also swam in the 2012 Olympic trials.

“I’m pretty shocked by this whole thing, but I don’t know anything about it,” Jervis said. “I just know he’s a good boy and I believe that we have to maintain his innocence at this point.”

FIRST REPORT

Several California publications are reporting that a Stanford University freshman swimmer from Oakwood High School has been charged with felony sexual assault involving what university police said was an on-campus attack.

Brock Allen Turner, 19, withdrew from the school Tuesday and is charged with five felony counts that could mean a 10-year prison sentence, mercurynews.com, the online publication of the San Jose Mercury News, reported Tuesday night.

According to mercurynews.com, the incident involves an attack on an intoxicated, unconscious woman witnessed by two cyclists who apprehended Turner in the middle of the night as he tried to run away.

He was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on Jan. 18, shortly after the attack, on suspicion of attempted rape and penetration with a foreign object, both felonies. He has been released on $150,000 bail.

According to Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Alaleh Kianerci, Turner is charged on single counts of:

  • Rape of an intoxicated person,
  • Rape of an unconscious person,
  • Sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman,
  • Sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman
  • and assault with intent to commit rape.

Turner is to be arraigned Monday in Palo Alto.

He could not be reached Tuesday and his attorney, Mike Armstrong of Palo Alto, declined comment to the mercurynews.com.

News Center 7 and whio.com left messages with Turner’s high school swim coach and the school’s athletic director in an attempt to get comments.

Tonight, university officials announced that Turner is not permitted to return to campus.

Mercurynews.com said The Stanford Daily, following up a story by a campus newsletter called The Fountain Hopper, reported Tuesday that an unnamed freshman varsity athlete who had been accused of attempted rape was no longer practicing with the team and that he was not living on campus. A university spokeswoman said Tuesday the victim was not a student.

Kianerci, the prosecutor, declined to reveal details about the victim. He described her only as “a woman attending an on-campus party.”

The attack happened after midnight on a Sunday morning, Kianerci said, near fraternity houses on university grounds . Two men riding bikes on campus saw an unconscious woman on the ground with a man on top of her.

The man ran away, but they chased him down and held him until police arrived, the prosecutor said.

Kianerci told sfgate.com the woman is recovering at a hospital.

Turner, a freshman, was a three-time All-American high school swimmer and state record-holder in two freestyle events, according to his Stanford team bio. He is 6-feet-2-inches tall and weighs 165 pounds, according to the bio.

He led the Oakwood team to state titles in 2013 and 2014.

According to mercurynews.com, Stanford students accused of sexual assault go through a special campus hearing process that can lead to their suspension or expulsion. Those who are charged by prosecutors may be removed from campus while their cases are pending.

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Middletown police chief responds to mother’s allegation of officer misconduct

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Mother says her son was beat up by Middletown police officers

A mother’s post on Facebook that that her son feared for his life during an arrest by Middletown police was “blown out of proportion,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said.

In a Facebook post attributed to LaShandra R. Tatum, who identified herself at Isaiah Elliott’s mother, she wrote: “Middletown police did this to my son after he was in handcuffs begging for his life. He said he thought he was going to die and he kept saying yes sir to the officers. The officer touched his gun and told my son I will smoke you!!!! The prayers of the righteous availeth much! Thank you Jesus. Now direct me to a lawyer please!!!!”

But in another post, Elliott, wrote, in part: “My mama over did it…not once did I beg for my life or tell her I thought I was (going to) die…”

This afternoon, Elliott said he didn’t want a story written. Then, when pressed about the alleged incidents when he was arrested, Elliott said: “Nothing happened.” Then he hung up the phone.

His girlfriend refused to comment on the phone.

Muterspaw said Tatum, or anyone who has an issue with alleged officer misconduct, should meet with him, and if they don’t trust police, they are welcome to bring a lawyer or pastor to the meeting. He said his department is “open and transparent.” Muterspaw also contacted the NAACP and the Black Ministerial Alliance to make them aware of the investigation.

He said Tatum left out “10 times the facts” in her social media post that was shared more than 1,000 times.

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Muterspaw said that around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Holly Owens was dispatched to a disturbance at Trinity Place Apartments. A woman who lived there told police that she didn’t want to file charges but she wanted Elliott, 19, of Cincinnati, to leave the complex.

Officers stood by while Elliott left the complex, according to Muterspaw.

Later that same day, police were called after the woman said Elliott had returned and started a fight with her before she escaped the apartment and went to the clubhouse and called the police.

She told the officers Elliott was pushing her around, Muterspaw said, but didn’t want to file charges.

The apartment management also told police they wanted Elliott trespassed off the property.

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Police then responded to the apartment for a third disturbance. This time, Officer Jordan Wagers was talking to the complainant and she went back inside the apartment to get a few things. That’s when the officer heard her scream, according to a police report.

Wagers said the woman ran outside, crying and screaming that Elliott was chasing her. Wagers stopped Elliott and told him to leave the property but he refused, according to the police report.

At that time, Wagers told Elliott he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, but Elliott refused, according to police. He was told several times to comply but he refused, police said.

Wagers then took Elliott to the ground and got him handcuffed, police said.

During the take down, Elliot received scrapes on his face, but declined treatment by medics and the hospital, Muterspaw said.

Elliott was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

On Friday, Elliott was found guilty of resisting arrest and ordered to stay away from the woman’s apartment, according to court documents.

Muterspaw said Elliott has a history of the following arrests: physical harm to a law enforcement officer (2017), criminal trespass (2017) and two counts of obstructing official business (2017).

Sgt. Earl Nelson and Sgt. Raqib Ahmed both reviewed and signed off on the incident investigation. Maj. David Birk also has approved the use of force by officers during the incident, the chief said.

This news outlet is reaching out to Tatum for more comment.

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UPDATED: Oxford police troll kids busted for handing cops fake IDs

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

Miami University. FILE
Miami University. FILE

This story has been updated.

Police near Miami University seized at least 16 reportedly fake IDs Friday night.

The Oxford Police Department posted an image on Twitter of the allegedly fraudulent IDs.

“We didn’t get invited to any parties so we went Uptown last night,” the department posted on Twitter. “Thanks to all those that tried to pass Fake IDs to officers last night.”

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The tweet had been shared 65 times and liked more than 1,000 times, as of this story’s publication.

The IDs appear to be from all over the nation, including Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Vermont, Maryland, and Maine. At least one appears to be from Ohio.

Not everyone on Twitter thought the joke was funny.

“Wow, how crappy of you to take something that is probably embarrassing and make a joke out of it,” said another. “Funny how you don’t do that for all of your arrests. What makes you so mean today?”

Chief John Jones said the IDs are “fake and do not contain legitimate information.”

“We made sure not to include someone using a borrowed real ID,” Jones said in an email. “These may have the person’s name on it, but not the correct date of birth, no social security number, a fake address from a different state, and a fake driver’s license number.”

Several individuals were charged with misdemeanor prohibited acts, the chief said.

Police departments across the country have used Twitter and other social media as a humorous outreach tool to build relationships with the community.

“We have found social media to be a great tool for connecting with our community,” Jones said. “We share the good along with the bad and I’ve had so many community members thank me for our use of social media.”

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Police: Facebook post about smoking marijuana mistaken as threat to blow up Springfield school

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:59 AM

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Springfield police are investigating a second recent alleged school threat at Cliff Park High School.

Police were called to the school on Friday after school administrators learned of a possible threatening Facebook status posted by a student, according to a police report.

The student told police the social media post was about smoking marijuana rather than committing violence, according to the report.

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Police began their investigation at around 11 a.m. when they spoke to Cliff Park’s director Jeff Waechter.

“Mr. Waechter stated (a student) posted to Facebook ‘If you go to Cliff Park run home (student’s nickname) trynna blow up the school,’” the report says. “Mr. Waechter stated this caused alarm in the school with students and staff. Additionally, at least two students did not come to school on this date because of the post, according to Mr. Waechter.”

Police were able to identify both the student who posted the status and the student who is referred to in the status, according to the police report. The students are family members, according to the report.

The student that is referred to in the status was interviewed at Cliff Park and told police the two were private messaging before the Facebook status was posted.

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The student who allegedly posted the status said the post was referencing the smoking of marijuana, according to the report.

“(The student) stated the post was a misunderstanding and that he was trying to tell students they should run because (the other student) was smoking marijuana, and it was going to smell,” the report says. 

The student who allegedly posted the Facebook message was arrested and charged with inducing panic, according to the report.

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This is the second threat police have investigated at the school within the last month. Police were called to the school previously when a student told Waechter he planned to shoot up the school after an argument in the school’s cafeteria, according to a police report.

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Springfield man representing himself in burglary trial while facing up to 110 years

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:42 AM


            Ramon Boyce.
Ramon Boyce.

A Springfield man who is facing more than 100 years in prison for alleged burglaries and other property crime is representing himself in court today.

Ramon Boyce, 33, is charged with 22 felony counts including 18 counts of burglary and three counts of receiving stolen property in Clark County Common Pleas Court. He is facing between six months and 110 years in prison if convicted.

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Boyce was secretly indicted in July by a Clark County grand jury.

The indictment obtained by the Springfield News-Sun alleges that investigators have connected Boyce to more than 10 burglaries in Clark County. The indictment says the alleged crimes took place between August 2016 and June 2017.

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Boyce’s trial is scheduled to start today in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

This isn’t the first time Boyce has been in trouble with the law. He was previously convicted of burglary charges in 2008 and served a prison sentence, according to records.

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