Stanford: Brock Turner given ‘harshest sanction’ school could give

Published: Sunday, June 05, 2016 @ 6:47 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 08, 2016 @ 5:49 AM

Turner's 6-month sentence in sexual assault causes national stir

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. June 7

Brock Turner received “the harshest sanction” Stanford University could give the ex-Oakwood swimmer, according to a statement.

“In less than two weeks after the incident, Stanford had conducted an investigation and banned Turner from setting foot on campus — as a student or otherwise,” the statement read. “This is the harshest sanction that a university can impose on a student.”

A jury convicted Turner of three felony charges stemming from a sexual assault that occurred after a fraternity party in January 2015. Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail in Palto Alto, Calif., for sexually assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated woman.

Meanwhile, social media criticism continues surrounding the letter submitted by Turner’s dad, and another letter submitted by a childhood friend.

New York Magazine obtained a letter from Turner’s apparent childhood friend, Leslie Rasmussen, a member of the band Good English. The letter, written to the judge who sentenced Turner, references their childhood in Oakwood.

“Brock has been a peer of mine since elementary school, and was a very close friend of mine for a few years in high school,” said Rasmussen, who noted Turner dated a mutual friend. “We all knew he’d swim in the [O]lympics one day. His family is a very respectable family in town.”

Attempts by this news organization to reach Turner’s father and Rasmussen were not successful. Rasmussen’s band’s Facebook page was deactivated.

UPDATE @8:08 a.m. June 7

A grad student who helped stop Brock Turner’s sexual assault on an unconscious woman is speaking out.

Carl-Fredrik Arndt said he and a friend were riding their bicycles when they happened to ride by the assault.

“She was unconscious. The entire time. I checked her and she didn’t move at all,” Carl-Fredrik Arndt told CBS This Morning. Arndt and his friend later told authorities they saw Turner on top of the victim “aggressively thrusting his hips into her.

“The guy stood up when we saw she wasn’t moving still. So we called him out on it. And the guy ran away, my friend Peter chased after him,” Arndt told CBS This morning.

UPDATE @6:05 p.m. June 6

The sheriff’s department, which had announced that it would not release the booking photo, changed course Monday afternoon in the midst of an outcry from news organizations about why the booking photo was unavailable. The change in course also comes a day after a letter, written by Turner’s father defending his son, triggered a social media backlash because of its contents.

Some websites, including jezebel.com, reported that according to the website Crimefeed, under California’s open records laws, mugshots should be released, but the laws are a bit murky. According to the site:

“The language does not explicitly stipulate whether the release of booking photographs (i.e. mug shots) is required or exempt. A 2003 opinion from the Attorney General reportedly said that “mug shots fall within the ‘records of investigations’ exemption” and therefore releasing mug shots to the public is up to the discretion of law enforcement. However, according to the First Amendment Coalition, “the California Supreme Court has explained that this exemption applies only to a record that ‘on its face purport[s] to be an investigatory record.’”

The nonprofit goes on to state: “Arguably, mug shots are not on their face records of an investigation, and may not be withheld under the investigatory exemption except where they are legitimately used for investigatory purposes.”

Jezebel.com reported that a spokesperson for Stanford said the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department did take a mugshot of Turner after his arrest but the department will not be releasing it. They did not elaborate on why the photograph is being withheld from the public.

Late Monday afternoon, The sheriff’s department reportedly said Stanford’s Department of Public Safety was responsible for releasing the photograph. Stanford previously claimed that the sheriff’s department was responsible for releasing the mugshot.

EARLIER REPORT

Social media is stirring about a letter by the father of ex-Oakwood and Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner prior to his son’s sentencing Friday in a sexual assault case.

Victim speaks at Ex-Oakwood swimmer’s sentencing

Dan Turner wrote that his son wasn’t violent, he referred to his son’s sexual assault as “20 minutes of action” and mentioned that his son doesn’t like eating steaks any more in his letter requesting probation instead of incarceration. The letter was posted on Twitter by Stanford law professor Michelle Landis Dauber, who blasted it as offensive.

Brock Turner, 20, was sentenced Friday to six months in jail in Palo Alto, California. He had faced up to 10 years in prison, and with good behavior, could be out in three months, the Mercury News reported. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and would have three years of probation following his release.

Turner’s sentencing was decried by many, including District Attorney Jeff Rosen, as too lenient, but Turner’s defense attorney said they plan to appeal.

He was convicted in March of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person; penetration of an intoxicated person; and penetration of an unconscious person. In January 2015, two people saw Turner, then 19, assaulting his accuser behind a dumpster on Stanford’s campus after a fraternity party. Turner ran but witnesses stopped and held him until police arrived, according to a statement released by Rosen.

Turner is a three-time All-American Oakwood High School swimmer and Stanford swimmer who had aspired to swim in the Olympics.

Here is the letter posted by Dauber:

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Trial delay likely for man at center of 30-hour Liberty Twp. standoff

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

A July trial is scheduled for Donald Gazaway, a Cincinnati man facing multiple charges in connection with a 30-hour standoff in Liberty Twp. in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage.

A trial is scheduled next month for a Cincinnati man facing multiple charges in connection with a 30-hour standoff in which he allegedly held a 10-year-old hostage may not happen.

MORE: Liberty Twp.’s 30-hour standoff: How it unfolded

Donald T. Gazaway, 31, was charged with kidnapping, felonious assault and inducing panic after the incident that started Jan. 12 at a Liberty Twp. apartment in the Springs at Liberty Township complex located off Hamilton Mason Road.

A Butler County grand jury handed down an indictment with additional charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and two counts of having weapons under disability.

Gazaway, who is being held in jail on a $1,001,000 bond, was in Butler County Common Pleas Court last week for a final hearing before his July 7 trial.

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Defense attorney David Albrecht told Judge Charles Pater that at this point here is no reason to set another hearing before the four-day trial.

But on Wednesday, defense attorney Lawrence Hawkins III filed a motion for a trial continuance stating that he had been retained to represent Gazaway “and there is need for time to review the evidence.”

Gazaway will be back Judge Charles Pater’s courtroom on Tuesday for a hearing on a motion to continue the trial.

Detectives say Gazaway was let into the apartment and there was an altercation. The adults, including the alleged hostage’s mother, fled. But Gazaway took the child hostage before surrendering hours later, according to police.

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Detective Joe Nerlinger said during a previous court hearing that about 25 bullet casings were removed from the scene and that Gazaway fired the majority of the shots from the apartment before moving to the garage with the child.

When taken into custody, three guns were found with Gazaway, Nerlinger testified. Live rounds were also found.

The child was not physically injured, according to the sheriff’s office, though officers said they saw Gazaway use the boy as a shield. That, they said, prevented them from making any movement toward the residence.

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Police: Man shot in Dayton, 1 suspect in custody

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 1:30 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

Police have one man in custody after a man was shot in Dayton Sunday.

>>Officer-involved shooting is Kettering’s third within a year

Multiple crews arrived to the scene where a victim was found with at least one gunshot wound in the 1500 block of Meriline Avenue around 12:50 a.m., according to Sgt. Kyle B. Thomas of the Dayton Police Department.

Police had several witnesses that lead them to two male suspects after investigating. One suspect is in custody, said Thomas.

>>WATCH: Police shocked during scuffle in Dayton, officers injured

The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by medics with non-life threatening injuries. 

He was later released but has not been cooperative with investigators, according to Thomas.

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Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe; suspect still sought

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Suspect sought after Amber Alert issued

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:

An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.

The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.

FIRST REPORT

An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.

They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.

The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.

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The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.

For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.

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Fairfield police ID victims in officer-involved shooting

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:06 PM


            Nick Graham/Staff
Nick Graham/Staff

It wasn’t the first time officers had been called to a Fairfield apartment where police said Friday they confronted and killed a man as he stabbed a woman, records show.

And the same home in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive was the site of an earlier complaint by the woman claiming the man — who is described in police records as her boyfriend — had tried to poison her.

That’s according to new information released to this media outlet Saturday by Fairfield Police in the aftermath of one of their officers shooting to death the male suspect, who has now been identified along with the female victim, who died from her stab wounds.

The Butler County Coroner’s office released a statement saying the stabbing victim was 37-year-old Michelle R. Henry. Logan A. Willliamson, 37, died at the scene after being shot by Fairfield Police as he was stabbing Henry. Henry later died at Mercy Hospital-Fairfield.

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The first Fairfield officer on the scene, identified as Officer Bryan Carnes, a three-year veteran, allegedly found Williamson stabbing Henry inside the townhouse.

In an attempt to stop the stabbing, Carnes fired two shots, striking Williamson. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard.

Police records show officers had previously been called to respond to the couple’s address in September 2017 on a domestic violence report where Williamson was arrested for attacking Henry.

Henry told officers “her boyfriend tried to poison her by placing (sic) dissolvable sleeping pills in her mouth while she was sleeping.”

Police records also showed that in recent years Williamson had been arrested for fleeing police after speeding, carrying alcohol and a weapon in a car on another occasion.

And the woman’s family members had asked police to stop at the address last year to check on Henry, saying they had not heard from her for an extended time.

Dispatchers received the 911 call for the incident at 5:49 a.m. Friday at a townhouse located in a quiet neighborhood off Pleasant Avenue. A female caller blurted out the address then continues to scream for help during the three-minute, 20-second call.

“He’s stabbing me!” the woman screams once.

The dispatcher continues to ask the woman to repeat the address.

“Please yell your address to me so I can send help,” the dispatcher says. “Shout your address, your apartment number.”

One of the officers says: “I heard someone yell ‘help!’”

When Officer Bryan Carnes and Sgt. Aaron Meyer got to the residence, they forced entry and ran up the steps, Maynard said.

“(They) made their way to an upstairs bathroom where they encountered a male and a female. The male was stabbing the female. Officer Bryan Carnes, who was the first officer to make it to the bathroom, fired several rounds from his pistol striking the male and stopping the initial threat,” Maynard said during a press conference four hours after the incident.

Henry was transported to Mercy Fairfield Hospital where she died, according to police. Williamson died at the scene.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the investigation, Maynard said. As is standard procedure, the two officers are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.

The chief said there is body camera footage of the incident and once BCI and the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office “deems appropriate, we will release it.”

Carnes is a three-year veteran of the force. He previously worked for Englewood Police Department, north of Dayton, according to the chief. He received a good review in October, with the preparer stating, “Officer Carnes is a very well rounded officer who has taken on additional responsibilities within the organization. He is an asset to the department.”

Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said the incident will be presented to a grand jury of review when the investigation is completed. It is Gmoser’s policy that all officer involved shootings are presented to a grand jury.

(Staff writer Michael D. Clark contributed to this story)

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