Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was not a member of USA Swimming at the time he sexually assaulted a woman, and therefore cannot be banned, according to USA Swimming Director of SafeSport Susan Woessner.
Turner was sentenced to 6 months in prison and probation by a Superior Court judge last week after a jury found him guilty of three charges: assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.
Two prior charges of the original five were dropped.
Turner is a former member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team for the 2013-2014 season, but the organization says that his membership lapsed as of the end of 2014 (on December 31st, 2014 to be specific). That means that when he committed the sexual assault in January of 2015, during his freshman year at Stanford, he was not a USA Swimming member.
“He was not a member at the time of his crime or since then,” Woessner said. “USA Swimming doesn’t have any jurisdiction over non-members.”
Woessner did say that Turner wouldn’t be allowed to become a member in the future, however.
“Turner would be not eligible to become a member should he attempt to return to the organization in the future.”
While USA Swimming cannot enact bans over non-members, they do keep a list of flagged individuals who would not be cleared for membership if they applied in the future.
Athletes must be members of USA Swimming “in good standing” to complete at the Olympic Trials.