Why did it take so long for a mug shot to surface? That was the question firing around the internet on Monday after Stanford University sex offender Brock Allen Turner was sentenced to six months in prison for assault and the photo that accompanied stories about the crime showed Turner in a suit and tie, posing for a yearbook portrait. The image was a stark contrast to crime stories that typically show offenders as they are being booked into jail, a contrast that many said showed Brock received favorable treatment in how the case was handled.
According to The Washington Post, local law enforcement had not publicly released the photo prior to Monday. The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office released a recent booking photo to new outlets on Monday afternoon, and Stanford University finally released the original booking photo as well. The Cut reported that there was confusion over which agency should release the photo, since Stanford’s Department of Public Safety arrested Turner but the case was handled by the sheriff’s department.
Turner, 20, was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated woman, sexually penetrating an intoxicated person with a foreign object, and sexually penetrating an unconscious person with a foreign object. His six month sentence has prompted a petition to recall the judge in the case. As of Tuesday morning, more than 265,000 signatures had been collected on the Change.org petition.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.