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Ex-Stanford Swimmer Convicted of Sexual Assault Used Drugs Before College, Court Documents Say


Brock Turner previously said that he was an unexperienced drinker who was influenced by college "party culture."

Pedestrians walk by an entrance to the UC Berkeley campus on May 22, 2014 in Berkeley, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault on an unconscious woman failed to reveal his drug and alcohol use in a letter to the judge.

Former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner. (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Brock Turner told Judge Aaron Persky that he was an unexperienced drinker and that "the party culture and risk taking behavior" during his four months at Stanford led him to make a bad decision.

But court documents released Friday show prosecutors cited several examples of Turner using hard drugs and alcohol at Stanford and in high school.

Prosecutors say that text messages recovered from his cellphone showed Turner discussing using LSD and ecstasy and smoking marijuana and dabs of butane hash oil, known as "wax," from as early as April 2014.

Court documents also show campus police gave him a ticket for underage drinking in November 2014.

Turner was sentenced last week to six months in jail and three years' probation for the assault, sparking outrage from critics who say Judge Persky was too lenient on a privileged athlete from a top-tier swimming program.

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