Appeals court rejects ex-Stanford swimmer's ‘outercourse' argument

A California appellate court on Wednesday upheld Brock Turner’s conviction despite his attorney’s argument that his client wanted “outercourse” with his victim, not sexual intercourse.

Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer, is now required to register as a sex offender for life. The three-judge panel of the 6th District Court of Appeal in San Jose determined that there was "substantial evidence" that Turner received a fair trial.

Turner was convicted in 2016 of sexually assaulting an intoxicated and unconscious woman outside an on-campus fraternity party. He served three months in jail.

Judge Aaron Persky rejected a prosecutor's demand for a lengthy prison term and instead sentenced Turner to six months in jail. Persky's sentence sparked nationwide outrage by those who felt it too lenient.

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