The United States is shocked by a court decision that allows the release of a young man accused of rape.
Emotion is strong in the United States, following the release of a young man accused of rape. Last Friday, Bowen Turner pleaded guilty to assault and battery, while he was initially charged with sexual assault. But his charges were lightened thanks to an agreement with the courts, which allowed him to be sentenced to only 5 years of probation. During these five years, he will have to abide by the law but will not have to be registered in the sex offender database. After the verdict was announced last week, Chloe Bess, one of the two victims, said she was “extremely disappointed,” she says. foxnews . “I have the feeling that whatever is said, people turn a deaf ear. It’s a feeling of defeat, but I refuse to lose,” she explained.
This case is even more shocking because when Chloe Bess was assaulted in 2019, Bowen Turner was charged in a similar case that happened a year earlier. He had been released on bail. In October 2018, when he was 16 years old, he allegedly sexually assaulted Dallas Hayes Stoller. The girl was allegedly raped at a party. Her friends had discovered her unconscious on the floor while Bowen Turner was on top of her and put her pants back on. She had scratch marks and bruises all over her body. They were both students at Orangeburg Preparatory School at the time. The young woman had filed a complaint and the matter had spread to such an extent that she was later the victim of harassment by classmates and even teachers. She later changed schools and enrolled at the University of Charleston, but students who knew about the matter continued to insult her. Under pressure from her, she would have begun to sink, develop ulcers and had to be hospitalized several times, until her death in November 2021, from “self-inflicted injuries”, indicates the site. online crime . After his death, the charges against Bowen Turner were dropped.
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Chloe Bess also says that she was raped at a party. “She was just trying to have a normal night, she was in high school,” she said in the latest episode of “Crime Stories.” “Long story short, I went out at one point to make a phone call and he followed me and he ended up pulling me behind a truck down a logging road, into the woods, and the last thing I know is that I’m on the ground, that I I am very small and that he is not.” “I was petrified, I remember that I began to look at the sky praying that it would end, so that I could escape,” she explained again, quoted this time by WRDW . The young woman explains that the next day she also notified the police, but “unfortunately I was aware of the Dallas case and I saw how people reacted, and that scared me a lot.” A third victim also accused Bowen Turner, but for unspecified reasons no charges were ever filed in this case.
The families of Chloe and Dallas say no one came to tell them that a settlement would be reached with the defendants last week. “It’s like robbing a store with a gun but only being prosecuted for stealing candy,” laments Chloe Bess. Furthermore, while Bowen Turner should have been awaiting trial at home under house arrest, his electronic bracelet showed that he had visited dozens of different places, including 19 golf outings, as well as restaurants, sporting goods stores and even a car dealership. Of automobiles. said the justice. Chloe Bess, her family and that of Dallas Stoller accuse the authorities of not having done anything when they knew that the young man had not respected the rules. He should have been stopped.
On January 4, Bowen Turner would also have visited the grave of Dallas Stoller. A sign now reads: “Bowen Turner, you are NOT welcome here.” Last week’s court hearing should have been for his house arrest violation, but it turned into a plea deal in the rape case. Bowen Turner’s attorney is South Carolina State Senator Brad Hutto. During a hearing in 2019, the powerful lawyer humiliated Chloe Bess, stating that the report was consensual. To a testimony from the young woman saying that she felt “ashamed”, he replied: “Guess what, you just had sex on the floor with a guy you barely know and then you feel ashamed, you feel regret, but it’s not rape.” . “She didn’t fight back, she didn’t scratch him, she didn’t push him or yell at him. She didn’t say no, she didn’t tell him to stop,” he continued. “The system of injustice … corruption and nepotism make it impossible to protect the citizens of South Carolina,” the Rev. Dr. Darren Bess, Chloe’s father, said last week.