In court, Brock Turner blamed the drinking culture at Stanford for the “mistake” he made that got him convicted for rape and sentenced to prison. He even said “Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol.” He also denied any drug use.
However, the Today Show reported that court documents ultimately painted a very different story. Texts on Turner’s cell phone directly discussed drug and alcohol use in both high school and college, with drugs including marijuana and acid. He had even been caught underage drinking with a fake ID by police just a couple of months prior to being caught sexually assaulting a woman.
The Brock Turner in these texts is a far cry from the Brock Turner he and his attorneys attempted to create in court, an innocent boy from a small town drawn in by new dangers of drinking and partying.