Judge cleared of misconduct for sentencing ex-Stanford swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault

This January 2015 booking photo released by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office shows Brock Turner. Via AP.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A California agency that oversees judicial discipline in the state says a judge committed no misconduct when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman on campus.

The California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled Monday that there was no evidence that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky displayed bias in handing down a sentence decried as too lenient by critics across the country.

The commission said it received thousands of complaints and petitions regarding Persky and the sentence.

The 21-year-old was released from jail in September after serving three months. He will be on probation for three years in his native Ohio and is a registered sex offender.

Persky is the target of a recall campaign.

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