Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner has registered as a tier III sex offender in his home state of Ohio upon being released from a California jail.
Turner was a freshman swimmer at Stanford in January of 2015 when he was discovered during early morning hours on top of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster near a fraternity on campus.
He was eventually charged with and convicted of sexual assault and was sentenced to 6 months in jail, a sentence some criticized on social media as too lenient.
Turner served three months of his sentence and was released early, something that is typical for inmates who don’t misbehave, per a representative of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.
Released on Sept. 2, Turner returned to Ohio, where he grew up and attended high school. He’s since been barred from the Stanford campus and kicked off the Stanford swim team.
As part of his sentence, the 21-year-old Turner must register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life, and ABC News reports that he registered in Ohio yesterday morning.
The local sheriff’s office will then send postcards to Turner’s neighbors to inform them of his status as a sex offender.
But with a sentence that inspired impassioned responses from his sentencing onward, Turner has also faced backlash from protesters who told The Guardian they want to send a message to Turner about his future.
According to The Guardian, about a dozen armed protesters showed up outside his home this week, carrying assault rifles and signs advocating the killing and/or castration of rapists. Here’s a quote from The Guardian:
“With an extremely lenient sentence, he can think ‘I can get away with this,’” Daniel Hardin, who carried an M4 assault rifle, said in an interview. “The message we want to send is … ‘If you try this again, we will shoot you.’”
The group said they plan to return often enough to make Turner “uncomfortable in his own home.”