A 19-year-old Stanford University student has been arrested and charged with sexual assault connected to a disturbing incident that happened in the early morning hours of January 18, on the university campus, according to KRON4. Brock Turner, a star on the swim team originally from Ohio, was apprehended in a citizen's arrest situation after two passing cyclists witnessed him assaulting an unconscious woman he apparently met at a party. Though he tried to get away, the two people detained him until campus police could arrive, and details from a subsequent investigation by campus police have now been turned over to the Santa Clara County DA's office.
Turner was arrested and released on $150,000 bail, and has voluntarily withdrawn from school. He is not permitted back on campus.
The alleged victim in the case is not a Stanford student, but had come to the campus for a party, as the LA Times reports. The incident apparently occurred just outside that party.
As the Mercury News adds, Turner is charged with five felony counts: one count of rape of an intoxicated person, one count of rape of an unconscious person, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object of an intoxicated woman, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object of an unconscious woman, and one count of assault with intent to commit rape.
The incident comes as on-campus sexual assaults are receiving increased national coverage, and just three months after three separate assaults were reported and publicized at UC Berkeley.