- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A guidance counselor from Brock Turner’s Ohio high school has apologized for getting involved in the former Stanford University swimmer’s sexual assault case in California by writing a letter in support of him to the judge.

Turner was accused of assaulting a young woman as she lay unconscious behind a trash bin. His supporters have been targeted in social media outrage since a judge sentenced the 20-year-old to six months in jail, citing his clean record and the conviction’s effect on Turner’s life.

Oakwood High School counselor Kelly Owens was among dozens of people who wrote to the judge on Turner’s behalf. She described Turner as “a young man of character” who is “absolutely undeserving of the outcome” of the trial, the Dayton Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/25Omc0X ).

But in a statement released Wednesday by the school district, Owens said she was sorry for getting involved in the case.

“Of course, he should be held accountable,” she said, adding that she prays for the victim.

An Oakwood municipal judge who also wrote to the Santa Clara County sentencing judge said she hasn’t read the negative social media reactions but has received threats over her letter urging that he not be sent to prison.

“There’s a lot more to this story than what is on social media,” Judge Margaret Quinn told the Dayton newspaper. Quinn has known Turner’s family for years.

Public criticism and commentary on the case exploded after Turner was sentenced and the 23-year-old victim read an emotional statement in court, faulting him for failing to take responsibility.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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