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Recalled Brock Turner Judge Fired From New High School Tennis Coaching Job After Community Backlash

In 2015, judge Aaron Persky made national headlines by sentencing Brock Turner, a former Stanford student found guilty of three charges of felony sexual assault, to a mere six months in prison (of which he served only three).

In 2018, Persky was recalled from his bench as a result of this decision but was recently hired to work as a high school tennis coach at California’s Lynbrook High.

At the time, Rachel Zlotziver, a spokesperson for the school district, explained the decision.

“He was a highly qualified applicant for the position, having attended several tennis coaching clinics for youth, and holds a high rating from the United States Tennis Association.”

The decision to hire Persky was announced late on Monday, September 9, and faced immediate public outcry.

A petition to remove him from this new role was created and quickly collected over 3,000 signatures.

By Wednesday, September 11, the high school was forced to rethink its new hire. Zlotziver issued another statement, saying:

“Effective September 11, 2019, Mr. Persky’s employment with the District as the Junior Varsity Girls Tennis coach has ended.”

She also noted:

“Please know that we are deeply committed to maintaining an effective, safe, and positive environment for all students.”

 

In the 2015 trial, Persky sentenced rapist Brock Turner to only six months in prison despite a potential sentence of 14 years after he sexually assaulted Chanel Miller while she was unconscious. Two men interrupted the assault and chased Turner away from his victim.

In his now-infamous ruling, Persky said:

“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others.”

Persky also noted the influence of alcohol and other “mitigating factors” in his decision to give Turner such a lenient sentence.

Now, it seems Persky will have to continue his search for a job elsewhere.

Chanel Miller—who was only identified with a pseudonym during the trial—broke her silence in 2019. Her memoir, Know My Name: A Memoir, of how Turner’s choice to rape her affected her life—something Persky seemed oblivious to—is available for preorder here.

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--