Dan & Carleen Turner, Brock’s Parents: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Dan & Carleen Turner, Brock's Parents

Dan and Carleen Turner pictured in her Facebook profile photo.

Convicted rapist Brock Turner shouldn’t spend years in jail for “20 minutes of action,” his father argued to the court in a letter that sparked intense backlash. His mother also penned a plea for mercy and glowing assessment of her “beautiful son.” The 20-year-old former Stanford swimming star will serve about three months behind bars for sexually assaulting a blacked-out victim behind a dumpster.

Judge Aaron Persky, himself a former Stanford athlete, cited positive character references and lack of criminal record when sparing Turner what could have been 14 years of hard time.

Brock Turner’s letter to the judge has also been made public. In the letter, Turner defends his actions, blaming alcohol and claiming the victim consented. You can read the full statement here.

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.

Brock Turner and his two siblings were raised in Dayton, Ohio, by his father, Dan, a civilian Air Force employee, and his mother, Carleen, a registered surgery nurse.

Here’s what you need to know about his parents:

1. A Financial Support Page Was Set Up on Facebook to Help the Family Pay for the ‘Tragic Situation With Brock’

Brock Turner with his parents, sister and brother. (Facebook)

Brock Turner with his parents, sister and brother. (Facebook)

In May 2015, a friend of the Turner family set up a Facebook page designed to help raise money for the family to aid Brock’s criminal defense. The page was deleted, but you can see a screen shot of it below:



The fund the friend was soliciting donations for was set up by Dan Turner, according to the Dayton Daily News. The account is still open, the Wright-Patt Credit Union told the newspaper.

The page reads in part:

As a lifelong friend, mother and person who has watched this family grow, I am reaching out to you on behalf of Dan Turner and Carleen Bradfield Turner.

They are dealing with a monumental life-changing and tragic situation with Brock and their expenses continue to mount. As a mother and friend, I would do anything to help my child and save him.

I am asking that you donate what you can as every donation not only helps to ease the financial burden, but it is also a show of support, friendship and solidarity.

It continues after giving readers instructions on how to donate:

Most of us personally know Car, Dan and the kids. I know that while we are not experiencing what they are feeling, my heart and faith continue to want to help and be supportive. I am asking for your help with this.

We can’t ease their pain but I hope that we can help ease the financial burden that this situation has caused.

One friend of the family wrote under the post, “Yes thank you for doing this!!” It had 44 likes when it was deleted and showed a photo of Dan and Carleen together as well as a family photo. A meme featuring a person sitting on a bench and the words “I am strong but I am tired” was also featured.

Another family friend, Marco Saccaggi, told the Dayton Daily News he plans to donate to the help Turner, who he called “extremely respectful.”

“My wife remembered he was always the first one to say ‘seat belts’ in the car,” Saccaggi told the newspaper. “For us, it was really a shock. It is not the Brock we know.”

2. Dan Turner Has Been Harshly Criticized for His Plea for Lenience, Citing the ’20 Minutes of Action’ Involved in the Attack

In a letter to the judge that he read aloud in court, Dan said his son was already paying “a steep price … for 20 minutes of action.” He went on:

He will never be his happy go lucky self with that easy going personality and welcoming smile. You can see this in his face, the way he walks, his weakened voice, his lack of appetite.

Dan joked that his son no longer had a hunger for steaks or snack foods and said that prison would not be an “appropriate punishment.”

He added that his son would be “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.”

Read the full letter here.

According to military documents, Dan Turner works as a civilian contractor for the Air Force, assisting with technology projects needed to help build weaponry.

A photo from Carleen’s now-deleted Facebook page from June 2015 shows Dan Turner with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.

3. Carleen Turner Was Active in Her Son’s Burgeoning Swimming Career & Was a Scout Leader

Brock Turner Mugshot

Brock Turner’s mugshot. (Santa Clara County)

On her LinkedIn page, Carleen Turner says she works as a surgery nurse at Dayton’s Children’s Hospital. She got her degree at Wright State University and previously worked at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Until 2008, she was a girl scout leader.

Carleen also helped to organize events for Brock’s high school swim team.

The Spring 2007 issue of the Samaritan Health Foundation magazine features the Turner family as being active with the Good Samaritan hospital. Their activity is done in memory of Carleen’s brother, Scott Bradfield.

4. Barry Bonds’ Lawyer, Nicknamed ‘the Last Hope,’ Will Represent Brock in His Appeal

Palo Alto Online reports that Turner is planning an appeal against his conviction and has enlisted Dennis Riordan, an appellate lawyer.

SF Gate reported in 2011 that Dennis Riordan represented Barry Bonds against perjury charges. The feature notes that Riordan “probes prosecutors’ cases for legal weaknesses — the evidence that violates hearsay rules or the latest court precedent, the proposed jury instructions that tilt the scales toward guilt — in hopes of getting charges narrowed or dismissed. While other lawyers question witnesses and argue to the jury, Riordan tees up the issues that often decide the outcome in higher courts.”

The New York Times referred to his nickname as “the last hope” while also calling him “one of California’s top appellate lawyers … known as a brilliant writer of motions, briefs and jury instructions.”

5. The Victim’s Impact Statement Has Increased the Calls for a Harsher Sentence

Prosecutors in the case had been asking for Brock to serve six years in prison for his crime. Judge Aaron Persky, a Stanford alum, said at sentencing, “A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others.” On June 7, Persky is facing an election, unopposed, in the Santa Clara county election. A Change.org petition has circulated calling for Persky to be recalled.

You can read the full victim’s impact statement here. “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today. The damage is done, no one can undo it,” the victim read aloud in court. “And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.”


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your mother

How sad and pathetic how you people are trying to twist it all around and make him the victim when he is the attacker he’s is evil he’s is not a sweet or good boy someone who is good and pure at heart would never rape an unconscious woman so stop it now and accept the fact that he is a pig from hell and so are u for defending him 😾


Brock you are the worst kind of a piece of s***! Your father’s letter to the judge is just unbelievable. (“Take pity on my son—he was drunk and didn’t realize what he was doing”)
Are you kidding me? A verdict of serving three months in jail (3 being taken off for good behavior) is a disgrace to the justice system. Santa Clara County Jail—what a joke. Try 6 years in San Quentin. That’s what you deserve.


Dear Dan,

I hope Brock receives at least 20 minutes of action in jail.

Louann Smith Texas

I cannot believe this family does not seem to accept rape as a criminal not a sexual act. Disgusting family and stupid friends need to be edicated on rape.


So sick of parents making excuses for their spoiled, entitled brats — especially since they are the ones who raised them that way.


So, Brock will appeal and once again put his victim through hell. This kid still doesn’t get it for some reason. Oh I know why! Because his idiotic parents don’t.


To the rapists dad…….Your son is a pig., and so apparently are you. Would you be so ‘lenient’ if it was your daughter or your wife behind that dumpster? You suck


I wonder if Brock got gang-raped in jail, would his father still consider it as “just 20 minutes of action”?

David Snow

My heart goes out to this scumbag’s family but, it goes out more to the victim, especially after being raped again by this judge. “Poor little Brock” committed a crime that is second only to murder. For his dad to belittle the severity of it as “20 minutes of action” is disgusting and to give any consideration to his athletic ability is a perversion! This is a perfect example of what’s wrong with our society. Anytime celebrity status rates higher than victim rights and justice, you are saying the law is meaningless. You are paving the way to vigilantism because you are unwilling to uphold the law. Crime is so rampant because of this attitude! Brock committed a crime than can never be undone or compensated for. The least we can do for the victim of his actions is to make him pay the consequences.

Laura Davis

I wonder what Brock or his father would think if this 20 minutes of action was forced upon his wife or daughter?


I am shocked that Stanford will allow him to stay! I hope this stays with him forever. It certainly will for his victim


It is your son’s responsibility to pay for his defense. If you want to assist him fine, sell your investments, cash in your IRA’s, sell your house, but it takes real chutzpah to ask people to fund his defense. Those who choose to contribute should ask themselves if it was their mother, sister, wife or daughter would they want other people financially helping a convicted rapist?


Do you know HOW MANY TIMES this sort of thing happens at frat parties? They perpetuate a culture of alcohol/drugs/sex at any cost – none of which goes reported until someone is hurt or killed. Up until then – it must be all right since no one ever addresses it. While his parents are guilty of loving their son – to the extent that they will make excuses for his behavior, now our society is turning THEM into criminals – which isn’t right either. Dragging them through the mud, ruining their careers & lives in general by virtue of their support of their son makes an already horrible situation even moreso. The ONLY victim in this should be THE VICTIM – the woman who was sexually assaulted. That’s it. Attacking the family – should be off limits. It takes the focus off of her attacker, and the issue that is serious, clinical mental illness that would cause a human being to do what Brock did. We should be focused on how a 19 yr old becomes a sexual predator, what signs were missed and/or ignored in his youth, and how a monster is created in someone so young. All this defamation and cyber stalking of his family is repulsive, and only adds to the pain and suffering of Brock’s victim. It’s reminiscent of the crowds that would gather at the Roman amphitheater to watch a man get torn apart by lions – the crowd yelling “more! more!” Get a hold of yourselves.


“Attacking the family – should be off limits.”

Except the dad attacked the victim with his letter, as did the childhood friend. They all rallied around to attack this woman who had the misfortune to get drunk in the rapist’s presence.


don’t forget this scum is also a PERJURER. he lied about prior drug use.


No he didn’t. His NCAA drug tests came back negative. Steroids and pot, acid are all drugs that are banned and would have reulted in Turner being thrown off team. Stanford would never allow a druggy to represent their prestigious athletics program.

kat granz

pretty sure the wrong kid was exposed on this family pic – the one next to the mom looks like a sibling, not Brock himself.


So if Brock is in jail, gets knocked unconscious, and is raped for 20 minutes, that shouldn’t be a big deal for daddio.


only if the person sticking pine cones up Brockie’s ass is also drunk.


My sincere hope is that Brock will get the same as what he inflicted upon that poor girl. Raped in jail/prison. Second to that, how would the parent’s feel if their daughter was the girl getting raped behind the dumpster? I would bet there is some creep out there wanting to teach those parents a lesson this way. Hope not, but that is our world.
This whole situation is so heartbreaking – the rape victim is forever damaged by this, and continuing to be so by the irresponsible judge, the father, etc.


What apack of l[sers drom ohio.He should be locked up and key thrown away.alot to say about his parents parenting skills pack of loosers hope you rot in hell all of you.You deserve the mental punishment.Who wants anything to do with a registered sex offender or family.where ever you go people know where you are.go back to the boonies.


Why has having fun in college become virtually a crime? From the beginning of time, freshman have partied in college campuses around the USA (see Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Revenge of the Nerds, any spring break event, etc.). It is Americana as apple pie. Yet incidences like these change the jubilant tone. I personally think both parties should be held accountable. Besides her version of the story, do we know if she consented to having sex outside? People lie. It is human nature. When is the last time you lied? Once a liar is always a liar right? That is the logic of our criminal/penal code right? If you get drunk and drive, you commit a crime. Yet if you get drunk and get raped, the other person is at fault? If you cut yourself, bleeding, and jump in a pool of sharks, are the sharks to blame if you get bit? I am not condoning rape. I am saying in situations like these, dates, parties, etc, involve two people. Both should be held accountable for their actions. If you can’t handle your liquor or have to get shitfaced drunk to enjoy yourself, then don’t be around horny teenage frat boys. It takes two to tango.


totally agree. the daughter of a family friend recently died when her car was hit by a drunk driver at around 11:30pm on a Saturday night. tragic as that was, i told my friend it was her daughter’s fault too. driving at 11:30PM (PM!) on a Saturday night?? what was she thinking. she knew there would be plenty of drunk drivers out at that time, and still took the risk. shame on her.


She didn’t lie, he was caught in the act by two real men, and she only found out what happened in the hospital. And sorry, there is NEVER an excuse to have sex with someone who is that impaired or passed out, even if she was lying there nude. Your attitude is exactly why these little punks think it’s ok. That’s just pathetic. I hope you don’t have a daughter. Because I guess it would be ok with you if she went to a party and drank a little too much, and some over-indulged boy had 20 minutes of action with her.


So you don’t think it’s wrong that he was still touching her when she was obviously passed out? Because she “might have given her consent before” it was okay to get off on a girl who was obviously too out of it to respond coherently . Why didn’t he just take her back to her friends like a normal person?
You must be into perverse acts like he was judging from your comments. Necrophilia anyone?

Judith steppes

Brock can come to Hocking College in Nelsonville and start a swim team!!!


So if some 1 just shoots up a place in under 20 mins we should let em get a shorter sentence than the person who shoots up a place for 21 mins ? Most bank robbery’s take place in under 4 mins .. they should go free ? How about muggers ?

Alan Yu

I can truly understand all the outrage toward Brock, his father and friend Leslie. So what he only get six months in county jail, he still has to live in the society once he get out. Karma is a real bitch. I would highly recommend him to keep looking over his should the rest of his life.


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