Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail and three years' probation after being found guilty in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious, intoxicated female outside a fraternity party both had attended in January 2015.
The sentencing was announced Thursday. With good behavior, the 20-year-old Turner must serve only three months of the sentence.
The victim -- who was not a Stanford student -- read Turner a letter describing the "severe impact" the assault had on her.
In her statement, the woman described how the attack left her emotionally scarred.
"My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty," she said.
However, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky opted for the lesser of penalties -- prosecutors had asked for six years in state prison -- based in part on the former Olympic hopeful's lack of criminal history and character witness letters vouching for him.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen expressed disappointment that the sentence wasn't stiffer.
"The punishment does not fit the crime," Rosen said. "The predatory offender has failed to take responsibility, failed to show remorse and failed to tell the truth. The sentence does not factor in the true seriousness of this sexual assault, or the victim's ongoing trauma. Campus rape is no different than off-campus rape. Rape is rape. And I will prosecute it as such."
Turner must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and complete a sex offender management program.
He was a three-time All-American high school swimmer from Dayton, Ohio, but dropped out of Stanford and was banned from its campus after the 2015 incident. He pleaded not guilty to five counts of sexual assault but was convicted in March of three felony counts: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated or unconscious person, sexual penetration of an intoxicated person and sexual penetration of an unconscious person.