Judge who presided over Stanford sexual assault case removed from similar rape trial

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A judge who is facing intense backlash for a controversial sentence has now been removed from a sexual assault case.

Brock Turner, 20, was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.

Prosecutors say Turner sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster during a party at a Stanford fraternity.

Two witnesses saw the attack, confronted Turner and held him until police arrived.

Despite the crime, Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to six months in jail, but he is only expected to serve half of that sentence.

Persky ordered the shorter sentence, saying a longer one would have a “severe impact on him,” according to CNN. The judge also said he took his age and lack of criminal history into account.

The decision has prompted backlash, with many — including the prosecutor — decrying the sentence as too lenient.

A change.org petition to have Perksy removed from the bench has received more than 1 million signatures.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to disqualify Persky from an upcoming sexual assault trial.

In that case, a male nurse allegedly sexually assaulted an anesthetized female patient, according to KNTV.

“We lack confidence that Judge Persky can fairly participate in this upcoming hearing,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

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