READ: Full Letter to the Judge by Dan Turner, Brock’s Father
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Dan Turner, left, with his wife, Carleen. (Facebook)

A letter written by Dan A. Turner, the father of convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner, urging a judge to sentence his son to probation, has sparked outrage.

Dan Turner, who read the statement in open court during his 20-year-old son’s sentencing, said his son “will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile.”

The elder Turner also wrote, “His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”

Turner was stopped by two Stanford graduate students from Sweden, Carl-Frederik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, who saw him sexually assaulting the woman as she was lying on the ground behind a dumpster on the university’s campus. He ran away and was tackled by the students, who held him until police arrived.

Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner to six months in jail, of which he is only expected to serve three months if he shows good behavior. He faced a maximum of 14 years in prison, and prosecutors asked for him to receive six years. The state probation office recommended less than a year in jail. Turner will also serve three years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender for life. He is appealing his conviction.

The judge’s decision has led to calls for him to be removed from office. While Dan Turner’s letter has received heavy backlash, the victim in the case has been praised for her powerful statement describing how Brock Turner’s rape impacted her. You can read the victim’s statement here.

Brock Turner’s letter to the judge has also been made public. You can read that here.
You can read the Dan Turner’s full letter below:

Honorable Judge Aaron Persky,

I am writing this letter to tell you about my son Brock and the person that I know he is. First of all, let me say that Brock is absolutely devastated by the events of January 17th and 18th 2015. He would do anything to turn back the hands of time and have that night to do over again. In many one-on-one conversations with Brock since that day, I can tell you that he is truly sorry for what occurred that night and for all the pain and suffering that it has caused for all of those involved and impacted by that night. He has expressed true remorse for his actions on that night. Living under that same roof with Brock since this incident, I can tell you firsthand the devastating impact that it has had on my son. Before I elaborate more, I would like to share some memories of my son that demonstrate the quality of his character.

Brock has an easygoing personality that endears him to almost everyone he meets. He has always been a person that people like to be around whether they are male or female. This has been true from the time Brock was in pre-school to today. I have never seen Brock raise his voice to anyone and he doesn’t pre-judge anyone. He accepts them for who they are no more, no less. He has a very gentle and quiet nature and a smile that is truly welcoming to those around him. I have never once heard him brag or boast about any accomplishment that he has ever achieved. He is simply a very humble person who would rather hear about someone else’s accomplishments rather than talk about his own. Brock has an inner strength and fortitude that is beyond anything I have ever seen. This was no doubt honed over many years of competitive swimming and has been a major reason for his ability to cope over the last 15 months.

Brock has always been an extremely dedicated person whether it was academics, Sports, or developing and maintaining friendships and relationships. Brock’s dedication to academics started early in grade school. My fondest memory is of helping Brock prepare for his weekly Spelling test. Doing well on these tests was very important to Brock and he would start preparing the day before by memorizing the words and making sure he had everything together in his mind. I would have to quiz him over and over just so he was sure he would do well on the test. He would make me give him a final preparation quiz as we drove to school on Friday mornings. I can assure you that Brock always did well on these exams. While this example may seem trivial, it was an early indicator of the importance he placed on academic achievement that never left him. As he got older and progressed in school, he needed my intervention less and less as he is gifted in his ability to understand very complicated subject matter. This natural ability along with an extremely strong work ethic lead to academic success at all levels.

Brock was equally talented in athletics participating in baseball, basketball, and swimming. I was his baseball and basketball coach and his Cub Scout den leader for many years during his grade school years. I was so proud to participate and serve as his coach and leader as it meant that I got to spend more time with him. I was also a parent chaperone for many school outings and often times was the only dad along on these field trips. For me, I loved every minute of it because Brock was a pleasure to be around and he always treated the other kids, parents, and teachers with-respect. I will cherish the memories of those years forever.

In the late summer before Brock’s senior year in high school, he applied to Stanford with the dream of taking both his academic and athletic talents to the next level. Brock had a large amount of interest from many Division-1 coaches due to his swimming success and outstanding grades in school. Many college coaches pursued Brock based on the entire body of work that he represented. However, Stanford was always the apple of his and the ultimate prize for someone who had worked so hard for so long. Brock and first visited Stanford in the summer of 2011 between his freshman and sophomore years in high school. Brock was there to compete in his first national level swim meet called the USA Junior Nationals. We were both totally in awe of the campus, the swimming facilities, and the rich history that the university represented. I remember commenting to Brock at the time that wouldn’t this be a great place to go to school. it was swimmers that had attended Stanford. This first exposure to Stanford made a lasting impression on Brock. Our family was full of pride and joy when we found out in the fall of 2013 that Brock had been accepted to Stanford. This was a culminating event for Brock as we knew how much work he had put in to get to that’ point. The thing that made Us most proud .was the fact that Brock had to be accepted academically before he could be considered for an athletic scholarship. This was especially significant given Stanford’s 4% acceptance rate for that particular year. Brock was awarded a 60% swimming scholarship by the university. Even with such a generous offer, my wife and I both knew it would be a financial struggle for our family for Brock to attend Stanford, but we were determined to make it work because we knew the value of a Stanford education. As Brock’s senior year passed, he was characteristically humble about being admitted to Stanford and continued to work hard until the very last minute of high school on academics and swimming.

When Carleen and I took Brock to Stanford in September 2014 to begin his freshman year, we both felt he was totally prepared for the experience. He had been to many national level swim camps and meets and was comfortable being away from home. We were very excited for Brock as he settled into Stanford during that first quarter as a brand new student athlete. He excelled in school that quarter earning the top GPA for all freshmen on the swim team. What we didn’t realize was the extent to which Brock was struggling being so far from home. Brock was working hard to adapt to the rigors of both school and swimming. When Brock was home during Christmas break, he broke down and told us how much he was struggling to fit in socially and the fact that he did not like being so far from home. Brock was nearly-distraught knowing that he had to return early from Christmas break for swimming training camp. We even questioned whether it was the right move to send him back to Stanford for the winter quarter. In hindsight, it’s clear that Brock was desperately trying to fit in at Stanford and fell into the culture of alcohol consumption and partying. This culture was modeled by many of the upperclassmen on the swim team and played a role in the events of Jan 17th and 18th 2015. Looking back at Brock’s brief experience at Stanford, I honestly don’t believe it was the best fit for him. He was ready academically and athletically, but it was simply too far from home for someone who was born and raised in the Midwest. He needed the support structure of being closer to family and friends.

As it stands now, Brock’s life has been deeply altered forever by the events of Jan 17th and 18th. He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile. His every waking minute is consumed with worry, anxiety, fear, and depression. You can see this in his face, the way he walks, his weakened voice, his lack of appetite. Brock always enjoyed certain types of food and is a very good cook himself. I was always excited to buy him a big ribeye steak to grill or to get his favorite snack for him. I had to make sure to hide some of my favorite pretzels or chips because I knew they wouldn’t be around long after Brock walked in from a long swim practice. Now he barely consumes any food and eats only to exist. These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways. His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life. The fact that he now has to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life forever alters where he can live, visit, work, and how he will be able to interact with people and organizations. What I know as his father is that incarceration is not the appropriate punishment for Brock. He has no prior criminal history and has never been violent to anyone including his actions on the night of Jan 17th 2015. Brock can do so many positive things as a contributor to society and is totally committed to educating other college age students about the dangers of alcohol consumption and sexual promiscuity. By having people like Brock educate others on college campuses is how society can begin to break the cycle of binge drinking and its unfortunate results. Probation is the best answer for Brock in this situation and allows him to give back to society in a net positive way.

Very Respectfully,

Dan A. Turner

Leslie Rasmussen, a longtime family friend, has also come under fire for her letter in support of Brock Turner. Her band, Good English, has had several shows cancelled because of the outrage directed toward her.

You can read her letter and more about her at the link below:

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Connoly

He wasn’t very humble when he committed rape was he? Or nice to be around, or willing to hear about someone else’s accomplishments as he’s shoving his cock into some women’s (pardon me for forgetting her name which wasn’t mentioned in the letter by his father) vagina. ’20 mins of action’ against a lifetime of trauma…seems equitable LOL

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Sam Petrovich

The part of the letter you didnt get to read

“Along with this long ass letter of bullshit, please accept this small token of 10 million dollars from the turner family. Thank you. And remember what would Jesus do.

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nikkitravis77

As a survivor of rape I know what this woman will have to deal with the rest of her life. Fear of being alone in a parking lot, checking the back seat of her car 8 times before getting in for fear someone is in the car waiting on her, sleeping with the lights on, with a baseball bat, and the constant flashbacks and nightmares in dreams and PTSD just because of those “measly 20 minutes” he abused her!!! He deserved much more time and I am glad he will have to register as a sex offender the rest of his life. She will also have to live with the horror of that night for the rest of her days as well.

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colleen

The letter basically tells how the FATHER felt about Brock’s life. There is absolutely nothing in this letter that tells how Brock, himself, felt or what he said about ANYTHING, It is all about his FATHER and his FATHER’S perception of Brock. I truly don’t think the father ever really talked to his son. I think the FATHER told him how to feel and what to think and when he got out from under his father’s influence, the real Brock came out. A selfish, self absorbed child who thought everything was set up in the world for his pleasure. I’m sure he is suffering and it is a good thing because he would probably do this again if there were no consquences but I think the father is to blame also. He has shown his son that what the girl must have gone through wasn’t important, but what his perceived suffering of his ideal son is of utmost importance.

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Anonymous

You wanna know what else takes LESS than that? Shooting a gun at someone. Yet if you shoot a gun at someone, you are charged with a minimum of attempted murder. That can be a life in prison sentence. Does that seem like a steep price to pay? Apparently not, as no one has spoken out against the sentence being too harsh for one second of action.

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Christine Ramsey

20minutes action… a young woman experienced the same 20minutes, and her life is also changed. The lasting effects will spoil her relationship with male family members, and male friends. Although she knows she’s safe with them, it’ll take time to regain a semblance of her old life
How sad that Mr.Turner has no apparent compassion for the other life marred by his son.

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Kim Fallon

The father entirely disregarded the victim, the girl who will forever be marred by the choices his son made. It is no wonder the father is divorced; he treats women like they are nothing. Put the father in jail and let justice show him how the victim felt.

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Teresa Y

Brock Turner is a RAPIST pure and simple. He’s nothing but a coward and a despicable human being . Shame on him and his parents for his actions they’re as guilty as he is for writing off this heinous crime as “nothing”. To sexuallt assault someone is a violation of her body and now she has to live with the memory of this filthy piece of trash forever. Brock deserves to be shunned and treats like an outcast for the remainder of his sorry life. Aaron. Persky should be disbarred for his forgiveness of Brock’s actions!!

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indigogirlxo

Dan Turner you are a clueless father and a joke your son is a rapist and a sex offender. this letter proves why your son turned out the way he did. Shame on you. Good luck paying back your son’s college loan he won’t be getting any good jobs. And you will have to buy his food for the next 40 50 years

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Mimi1555

Brock Turner is in the white shirt on the right. His older brother is in the blue shirt. You covered the wrong face.

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Mil Ew

In my opinion the jail time was only 6 months because the judge knows the possible consequences that someone labeled as rapist can face behind bars. However, the big punishment seems to have been ignored by many; it is the sex offender’s registry (SOR) and this guy will be in the registry for life. That is a LIFE SENTENCE that is not even be imposed to many murderers or other criminals for doing much worse than what happened here. SOR was part of the sentence and that was known by the judge. I do not ignore what he did, but the penalty should fit the crime. This guy will pay for what he did for the rest of his life. As his father wrote: “The fact that he now has to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life forever alters where he can live, visit, work, and how he will be able to interact with people and organizations”. If you do not believe it, read the articles from RSOL to learn more. I do not sympathize with any crime, but the SOR is a cruel punishment not only for the registrant, but for his relatives and friends and even for his children, who are frequently bullied in school. Forget about the short time in jail; being in the SOR for life is the torment here.

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Maxie

I wonder how this father would feel if situations were reversed and it was his daughter who was at the receiving end of “20 minutes of action.” I have three sons and a daughter. they have been brought up to be kind and considerate to women. I love my sons with all my heart, but if they had been involved in any incident like this, apologies would be forth coming to the victim and they would be accepting the consequences of their action. Sadly, this family still doesn’t seem to understand that their son is not the victim. This is not a he said, she said. He was caught, attempted to run and was apprehended by two young men anyone would be proud to call their sons. I understand a parent wanting to stand by their child, but look at the facts and instead of pleading how his actions have hurt your family, turn and look at the victim and offer your sincerest apology on behalf of your family. Your son ruined his own life by taking the action he did. He ruined this young girl’s life through no fault of her own. Yes, two lives have been ruined, but only one is a victim. Your son got off lightly through the judicial system, not so lightly in the court of public opinion. Take this opportunity to teach your son to accept the consequences of his actions, show remorse and try and educate people on sexual assault. Your son may never have the life you “dreamed” of for him, but he does have an opportunity to redeem himself and become a better person. That can only occur if you as his parents don’t condone what he did, but force him to make amends in anyway he can, He can start by offering a sincere apology and working towards the prevention of sexual assault in the future.

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Paul

I was taught a very simple rule: __maybe means no!!!__ Did I lose “action” during my college because of it? Probably :-) (yes that is happy smiley!), but it also kept me out of trouble of ending like Brock Turner…

I remember a conversation with my dad during high school when he told me straight out that “maybe means no!!!” (he insisted and emphasized that there are at least 3 exclamatiom marks and probably need to be more) that this the grownup version (and is as important as) of the lesson he gave me when I was a little boy: don’t go after strangers, ever!!! and just like the little boy’s going after a stranger I’d lose his support forever.

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JS

Dan turner you are a pompous ass. Every person in the world has something in their past they wish they could take back. It doesn’t even matter the gravity or seriousness of the event, we all would like at least one do-over. But we don’t get one, and neither does your gutless son. How dare you blame “peer pressure” on his actions. Maybe if you were a better father and brought your son up as an actual man that could stand up for himself and his values this would never happen. After reading you appalling letter it is blatantly apparent that you mr. Turner are the problem. You are to blame. You should be held accountable along with your son. And for the record, no one gives a damn about Brock’s stupid spelling tests, or that you were his coach, or that his grades were good, or that he ate your stupid pretzels you fool! Your lack of sense of reality is disgusting. Twenty minutes of action? What a gentleman. Chivalry isn’t dead after all. He only raped a woman. Behind a nasty disgusting trash filled dumpster. And if that wasn’t enough stuck foreign objects in her. And you think you can write a letter to the judge and pass judgement and say probation is the proper course versus prison? Just because he was a happy smiley kid? Do you really think any university would let him speak about sex and alcohol? You ignorant ass. The hell with you, your son, and the judge.

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rmh8402

Poor Brock-he can’t eat steak anymore. What about the woman who’s life he shattered? What about her?
The fact that he has shown zero remorse for what he’s done speaks volumes. Blaming the alcohol is ridiculous. Plenty of people were drunk-you were the only one to sexually assault her. Own up to what you did. That’s all she ever wanted anyway.

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FLMom2Boys

Mr. Turner, I have raised 2 sons. Both of them were TAUGHT that it is NEVER OK to take advantage of someone – especially in the event that person is incapacitated in some way such as being drunk or disabled.

I wonder how differently you would feel if this was your DAUGHTER that was assaulted in the manner your son assaulted this woman.

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Jim G

Had I done what this kid did, there’d be nothing left of me to actually make it to court because my dad would’ve beaten my a$$ so badly, Parenting is in a sorry state these days.

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Day Writer

I read the letters by both parents and found then to be appalling. I’m all for sports participation, but this spent too much time in the water and not enough time developing a sense of humanity. There was nothing in their letters that indicate he volunteered to help the less fortunate which could have helped him develop a sense of compassion. These parents define their son’s character based on his athletic and academic accomplishments. And his mother referred to him as “beautiful”. The world needs more decent, kind and compassionate people and less “super stars”.

I seriously doubt that the Turners had discussions with their son about resisting peer pressure and teaching him the skills to do so even they had ample opportunities to do so based on how much time they spent with him in car hauling him to practice sessions and events. My guess is that they participated in a lot of ego feeding – for both their son’s and their own.

Mr. Turner’s suggestion that their son teach other students about the dangers of drinking/drugging is absurd. What does he have to offer on the subject except that if you are going to brutally rape an unconscious woman, make sure you drag her body out of the public view so you don’t get caught?

“Beautiful” Brock isn’t suffering right now because he is filled with guilt and remorse. It’s because he’s scared. He should be.

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Anonymous

My son applied to Stanford that same fall, but he was denied as an Early Action applicant. He’s also an accomplished swimmer, but not at Brock’s level. Just for the record, since I know how their application and athletic recruitment process works, there is NO way Brock was accepted in the fall based “only” on his academic record. Just because he wasn’t yet offered a scholarship doesn’t mean his swimming prowess wasn’t a major factor in his acceptance. I cannot say that he didn’t have the chops to get in with just his academic record, but more than likely, swimming played a greater role than winning the lottery to acceptance with an academic record that most all Stanford applicants possess (including my son). It’s a stretch for his father to claim they were so proud he was accepted based on his academic ability in the fall. The Early Action applicants are notified around December 15th. I guess that is technically still “fall,” but I guarantee you Div 1 Swimming recruits know where they are headed to college earlier than the “regular” folks who apply Early Action and are notified in December. If I’m wrong, please correct me, but I’ve known many top swimmers (Michigan, Indiana, Auburn, Stanford, Navy, etc), and they all knew by Sept or Oct., even if they didn’t get scholarships.

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Barbara Young

Letters to the judge as to the actions of their son stating he doesn’t deserve jail as that would ruin his life! WHAT ABOUT HIS VICTUM, SHE WILL CARRY THIS WITH HER ALL OF HER LIFE. He desires jail time to the full amount the law allows and carry with him, all of his life, RAPIST. as that is what he is.

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