OAKWOOD, Ohio – Emotions are running high in the Ohio hometown of an ex-Stanford University swimmer whose background has come under scrutiny following a perceived light sentence for the sexually assault of a woman behind a dumpster.
Letters from local officials and friends supporting Brock Turner have drawn outrage. Critics say they are shifting blame from a 20-year-old man who won’t take responsibility for his actions.
Some say the backlash has exposed underlying social problems with Oakwood, Ohio’s idyllic image.
The older suburb near Dayton is a destination community known for a high standard of living and top-ranked schools.
The median household income in the city of about 9,000 is just over $100,000, more than double the state average.