The judge who presided over former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s rape case in California has now lost two jobs.
Aaron Persky was recalled in June 2018 after his lenient sentencing in the Turner case caused national uproar; Persky sentenced Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault with intent to rape, to six months of jail (he departed prison after three for “good behavior”), three years of probation and registration as a sex offender.
Now, according to ABC7 News, Persky was removed from his gig as the junior varsity girls tennis coach at Lynbrook (San Jose, California) High School Wednesday following a Change.org petition that began Tuesday.
“Effective September 11, 2019, Mr. Persky’s employment with the District as the Junior Varsity Girls Tennis coach has ended. We believe this outcome is in the best interest of our students and school community,” Fremont Union High School District said in a statement.
In a statement to the ABC7, Persky said his firing was “motivated by a desire to protect the players from the potentially intrusive media attention related to my hiring.”
“Although I am disappointed with the District’s decision, it was a privilege to coach the team, if only for a short time,” he said. “I wish all of the players the best in their future academic and athletic endeavors.”
In addition to the lenient sentencing in the Turner case, the former Santa Clara Superior County judge came under fire for worrying a long sentence — the maximum penalty for Turner’s charge was 14 years in prison — would impact Turner’s future.
Turner’s victim, Chanel Miller, recently revealed her identity and went public with her story. USA TODAY Sports does not normally identify victims of sexual assault, but has done so because Miller has chosen to identify herself.