Brock Turner’s early release, even after being convicted of three felony sexual assault charges, shocked the entire nation. The much awaited “Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 is expected to cover the case in some way over the upcoming season.
Fans are patiently waiting for the series to unveil what jaw-dropping events it would cover in the upcoming series, besides become more impatient by the day over the return on Lieutenant Olivia Benson.
In March, former Stanford University student Turner was convicted of sexual assault charges after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster. The case gained national importance after the victim’s open letter about her plight went viral.
Turner’s early release and light sentence have also drawn a furore and even demands for Judge Aaron Persky’s removal from office. Turner has served only three months of his six months sentence, although his charges entailed him to 14 years in prison.
“It is a phenomenon,” the Huffington Post quoted Julie Martin, executive producer of “SVU,” as saying of Turner’s case. “Unfortunately, there have been several cases like that over the spring and the summer.”
If “Law & Order: SVU” Season 18 covers the case under its various campus sexual assault cases, Mariska Hargitay hinted it would be conceived in a different light. In season 18 Detective Benson would possibly get a similar case to probe and make it right where it went wrong in the real life.
“Can you imagine if Brock Turner ― that makes me cry ― happened with me [Benson]?” Hargitay said. “Like if I was the detective on that case? It could be healing to somebody to see what should happen.”
She added, “[Seeing] justice,” the actress added, “If a judge would do a different sentence. You know that’s healing for people to see the right thing, the just thing happen.”
According to a report by the CNN, Turner, who turned 21 in jail, was released under a law that allows inmates to receive credit on the time served. He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and must renew his registration every 90 days.
Although he can now return to his family’s home in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, he has 5 days to register himself. On registration, his picture, conviction information and address would be publicly available on Ohio’s sex offender’s registry.
Turner will also require to complete his three years of probation after returning to Ohio, under which he will have to enter a sex offender management programme.