Brock Turner, the Stanford University student and swim varsity who raped a 23-year-old woman, may have captured a photo of the victim’s breast and sent it to the swimming team during the time of the attack.
Recent reports and documents revealed that detectives found a notification on Turner’s phone stating: “"WHOS TIT IS THAT" (sic). The said message is said to have been sent by one of the members of Stanford's swim team.
During that night, Justin Buck, 21 years old, sent the message via an application, GroupMe. Buck is said to be from Aberdeen, UK; however, he was raised in Clearwater, Florida. He is now currently employed with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in San Francisco as an investment banking summer analyst.
Investigations have established the fact that the suspect had the victim’s bra removed. This fact agrees with the message sent by Buck. Thus, police are now saying that Turner might have taken a photo of the victim’s breast. Unfortunately, the detectives couldn’t trace the photo nor pinpoint the person responsible for deleting it.
"Detectives were unable to locate the text from the 'Group me' application or any photos related to the text," prosecutors wrote in the People's Sentencing Memorandum.
It is worth noting, however, that applications like GroupMe allow any member of a group chat to delete any photo sent by any member of the group.
Turner is now facing a sentence of only six months in jail. To add, he is banned for life by the USA Swimming. The short-term jail, however, has caused an uproar online.
A letter written by the victim talks about her ordeal as well as that of the sentence received by her rapist. Part of the letter reads:
"...a year or less in county jail is a soft timeout, a mockery of the seriousness of his assaults, an insult to me and all women," "It gives the message that a stranger can be inside you without proper consent and he will receive less than what has been defined as the minimum sentence.
"How fast Brock swims does not lessen the severity of what happened to me and should not lessen the severity of his punishment."
The victim also thanked the two passers-by, Swedish graduate students Peter Jonsson and Carl-Frederik Arndt, for being her heroes.
Based on court documents, this is not the first time Turner behaved aggressively towards women.