Student Who Helped Apprehend Stanford Swimmer Claims Brock Turner Did Not Appear Drunk: 'He Was Not Slurring At All'
Carl-Fredrick Arndt is revealing more details about that "shocking and disturbing" night.
http://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=4932081708001&w=466&h=263Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comCarl-Fredrick Arndt, one of the graduate students who intervened after finding Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus in January 2015, is revealing more details about what he termed “a shocking and disturbing” night.
In an interview Wednesday with Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren, Arndt says Turner did not appear drunk when he and friend Peter Jonsson discovered the sexual assault convict, now 20, and his victim, now 23, behind a dumpster outside of a fraternity party.
Arndt said Turner, who fled the scene once he was discovered, “could run” and “was not slurring at all.”
In a statement given to judge Aaron Persky by Turner, he blamed alcohol and the college drinking culture for his actions.
“I made a mistake, I drank too much, and my decisions hurt someone,” Turner said in his statement. “But I never ever meant to intentionally hurt [the victim]. My poor decision making and excessive drinking hurt someone that night and I wish I could just take it all back.”
“Before this happened, I never had any trouble with law enforcement and I plan on maintaining that. I’ve been shattered by the party culture and risk taking behavior that I briefly experienced in my four months at school,” the statement continues.
Turner, who admitted to the sexual contact but maintained it was consensual, was ordered to register as a sex offender and only sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of three felony sexual assault charges. Prosecutors had asked he serve six years.
The sentence was met with outrage from those who thought it was too lenient, with many calling for the removal of judge Persky, who was given a new six-year judicial term on Tuesday.
“Judge Persky failed to see that the fact that Brock Turner is a white male star athlete at a prestigious university does not entitle him to leniency,” a Change.org petition calling for Persky to be recalled from his position says. “He also failed to send the message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class, race, gender or other factors.” (The petition has garnered more than 124,000 signatures.)
A separate petition to the White House calling for Persky’s impeachment has also been launched.
Prior to sentencing, Brock’s father, Dan Turner, penned a letter begging the judge for leniency for his son.
“These verdicts have broken and shattered him and our family in so many ways.” he wrote. “His life will never be the one he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve. This is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
Although Turner’s female victim has chosen to remain anonymous, she gained national attention when her 12-page victim impact statement went viral, detailing what happened to her the night of the incident.
“To girls everywhere, I am with you,” she wrote. “On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you.”
Arndt says the experience still haunts him.
“It was a horrible thing to experience,” he told Van Susteren, adding that he has not met the victim since that night. “It’s something I thought about a lot and will carry with me for a long time. Not in the same way as they will but it’s still something that is horrible to experience.”