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Stanford tried to silence women’s creepy stories about Brock Turner during rape trial: source

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Members of the Stanford University women’s swimming team were uncomfortable around Brock Turner — and they may have been pressured against telling a judge about those concerns after the star swimmer was convicted of rape.

At least one woman on the swim team vowed never to be alone with Turner after they saw him get drunk at one party, reported InTouch.

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“Brock’s arrest wasn’t surprising to anyone on the team,” a source described as a “Stanford swim team insider” told the magazine. “From the beginning, the women swimmers had found him to be very, very odd. Brock would make comments to the women such as ‘I can see your t*ts in that swimsuit.'”

Turner was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a party in January 2015, and Judge Aaron Persky ignored prosecutors’ recommended six-year prison term and imposed only a six-month sentence with the possibility of three months off for good behavior.

The 20-year-old blamed alcohol and the “party lifestyle” he encountered as a college freshman, although evidence has mounted that he used illegal drugs and alcohol in Ohio, where Turner grew up.

The source told InTouch that other members of the men’s swim team were concerned about Turner’s drug and alcohol use.

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“He was warned by upperclassmen on the team to scale back on the partying, but he just didn’t listen,” the source said.

The judge said he took into account 39 letters from family and friends that vouched for Turner’s character before imposing the lenient sentence.

The source said some members of the women’s swim team considered writing letters to the judge describing their unease with Turner — but those statements were never filed.

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“There were rumblings that the women were pressured by Stanford officials to not do it since they hadn’t witnessed any crime that Brock had committed,” the insider said.

However, a university official vehemently denied those claims.

“As private individuals, our students can say what they wish to whom they wish,” said Lisa Lapin, associate vice president for university communications.

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The source insisted the university had asked members of the swim team to remain silent about Turner and their support for the victim.

“The team has been instructed to not discuss Brock Turner publicly or to the media,” the source told InTouch. “However, the entire team completely supports the victim and wishes that Brock had gotten a much harsher sentence.”

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