Caught in Lie, Brock Turner's Probation Terms to Change

A drug and alcohol counseling requirement will be added
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 14, 2016 7:11 AM CDT
Caught in Lie, Brock Turner's Probation Terms to Change
In this June 2, 2016, file photo, Brock Turner, 20, right, makes his way into the Santa Clara Superior Courthouse in Palo Alta, Calif.   (Dan Honda)

The former Stanford University swimmer who got six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will be required to attend drug and alcohol counseling on top of random testing after he was caught lying about his high school habits. Brock Turner, 20, will have the counseling requirements added to his probation before his Sept. 2 release, according to internal probation department communications obtained Tuesday through a public records request. Turner denied using illegal drugs in his first interview with a probation officer in May and said he began drinking only after arriving at Stanford in September 2014. But text messages that investigators retrieved from his phone and released after his June 2 sentencing showed otherwise, the AP reports.

He again denied drug and alcohol use in high school during a June 14 jailhouse interview, probation manager Jana Taylor said in a June 15 email. After he was told his texts discussing drug use had been publicized, Turner conceded he was lying. He said he used LSD on three occasions and frequently smoked marijuana and drank alcohol in high school. Turner will go back to court and be ordered to attend counseling sessions, said the email. Taylor said Turner needs counseling and the department doesn't "want to be placed in a position in the event we violate him for positive tests and his attorney argues we never modified probation to include counseling." The emails also show that Turner asked for protective custody in jail after receiving threats. (More Brock Turner stories.)

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