“Effective September 11, 2019, Mr. Persky’s employment with the District as the Junior Varsity Girls Tennis coach has ended,” Rachel Zlotziver, a spokesperson for the Fremont Union High School District, told HuffPost Wednesday night.
Persky was hired last week to coach tennis at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California. The former judge was recalled from the bench in June 2018 after sentencing Turner, a former Stanford University student, to a mere six months in jail on three felony sexual assault charges.
Zlotziver said the district will begin the search for a new junior varsity girls tennis coach immediately.
“Please know that we are deeply committed to maintaining an effective, safe, and positive environment for all students,” she added.
Turner was arrested in 2015 for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster during a fraternity party at Stanford. The woman, known as “Emily Doe” throughout the trial, has since revealed her real name: Chanel Miller. Turner faced up to 14 years in prison for the crime but was released after serving three months.
“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others,” Persky infamously said during Turner’s sentencing. He also said part of his reasoning for a lenient sentence was due to “mitigating” factors like the role alcohol played in the assault.
The news of Persky’s coaching position went public late Monday night, and a petition to remove Persky from the role was created shortly afterward. As of Wednesday night, the petition had over 3,000 signatures.
Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.