Brock Turner's judge fired from new high school tennis coaching job after backlash


Sep. 13 2019, Updated 12:45 p.m. ET

Way back in 2015, Judge Aaron Persky received plenty of criticism when he sentenced Brock Turner, a former Stanford student found guilty of three charges of felony sexual assault, to only six months in prison. Turner went on to serve half the sentence. 

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Prosecutors had asked for a six-year prison sentence when Turner sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman behind a dumpster. Persky sided with a recommendation from the county probation department, which said: "When compared to other crimes of similar nature" the Turner case "may be considered less serious due to (his) level of intoxication." 

Chanel Miller has since chosen to come forward and identify herself as the survivor, who was formally only known as Emily Doe.  

As a result of the decision and the backlash surrounding it, Persky was recalled by California voters. The recall was the first of its kind since 1932. 

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And now, Perksy is making headlines again after he was fired from his job as a girls' junior varsity tennis coach at  Lynbrook High in the Bay Area. 

Persky had applied for the open coaching position over the summer and completed all the district's hiring requirements, including a fingerprint background check.

"He was a 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 statement said. 

But just a few days after he was officially hired, Persky has now been fired. 

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Persky's role in the case was brought to the attention of the Fremont Union High School District last week, spokeswoman Rachel Zlotziver said.

After learning of his history, the school district held a meeting with parents of athletes "to provide parents with background on the situation."

The district decided that his firing was "in the best interest of our students and school community."  

"Please know that we are deeply committed to maintaining an effective, safe, and positive environment for all students," the school district's statement continued. 

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A petition to remove Persky from the role was also created, which went on to attract over 3,000 signatures. 

Twitter users also took to social media to slam the decision and applaud the school district's decision.

"Good," one user wrote. "People who think rape is a-okay shouldn’t be shaping young minds."

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While another added: 


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