A suspected serial rapist received a sweetheart plea deal and spent 483 days behind bars regardless of accusations of three brutal rapes and violating his bond circumstances over 50 instances to buy and play golf.
The South Carolina Department of Corrections reviewed 21-year-old Bowen Turner’s case Sept. 14 and granted his launch, in keeping with jail data. He was launched Wednesday.
Turner, the son of an investigator for a neighborhood prosecutor, was initially dealing with legal sexual conduct fees that carried as much as 30 years in jail, however he pleaded responsible to lesser fees of first-degree assault and battery.
He was sentenced to probation in April 2022 beneath the Youthful Offender Act, which might be provided to offenders beneath 25 with no earlier report, and prevented the intercourse offender registry.
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Three ladies accused Turner of rape in 2018 and 2019. The case involving his first alleged sufferer was dropped, and particulars had been by no means launched as a result of Turner and the lady had been beneath 18.
His second alleged sufferer, Dallas Stoller, was bullied after coming ahead with the accusations and died by suicide on the age of 20. Social media hashtags of #FreeBowen adopted her in every single place she went.
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He was launched from jail Nov. 15, the identical day as Stoller’s father’s birthday and the day after the two-year mark of her dying.
“I think it makes it 1,000 times worse,” Dallas’ sister, Brette Tabatabai, advised Live 5 WCSC final month. “It’s a really hard time. It’s a time that we’re grieving. It’s a time that brings up that day, that phone call that I got, the time I’m laying on the ground trying to breathe hearing those words that my sister is gone.”
Tabatabai shared disturbing particulars of her sister’s October 2018 assault in an April interview with FITSNews.
“One of her eyes was completely bloodshot from strangulation,” she advised the native information outlet, which has lined the troubling South Carolina case for the reason that starting. “Her neck was completely black and blue from being strangled.”
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Turner was charged with first-degree legal sexual conduct in Stoller’s alleged rape, however he was launched a month afterward $100,000 bond.
While out on bond, he allegedly sexually assaulted 16-year-old Chloe Bess, a pastor’s daughter, throughout a home get together in June 2019.
Bess advised the Murdaugh Murders podcast in an interview in April 2022 she “started to feel uncomfortable” when she noticed him.
“My dad’s a pastor, and his family attended our church, so he was familiar to me. I remember him coming out, and I was asking my friend to come pick me up or when she was coming back,” stated Bess, who remembers being pulled right into a tree line.
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“There’s a truck parked there, and we go behind the truck. The next thing I know I’m on the ground. And he’s a lot bigger than me. I only weigh 115 pounds, I’m really tiny. So, there was not much I could do at that moment in time,” she stated through the emotional interview on the podcast.
“I remember looking at the stars, that was the main point. And I could feel what was happening, I was aware of what was going on, and I was just petrified.
“I wished to kick and scream, however I could not transfer, I did not know what to do. I used to be wanting on the stars, and I’m similar to, ‘OK, I hope it is not less than fast, so I can stand up and run away.'”
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While waiting for the rape case to go to trial, Turner was ordered to serve house arrest with a 7 p.m. curfew, which he ignored, according to court documents that detailed his movements based on his ankle monitor.
Between Nov. 3, 2021 and Feb. 25, 2022, he played golf 19 times, visited friends, went shopping, went to eat and even left the state, law enforcement said in the documents.
None of the alleged rapes went to trial.
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Stoller’s case was dropped because she died, and Bess’s case was reduced to assault. Turner was sentenced to probation as part of the sweetheart plea deal in April 2022.
Stoller’s sister told Fox News Digital in May 2022 the prosecutor “dropped Dallas’ case as a result of they stated that she was not right here to testify that it was not consensual.
“Even though they had written statements. They had a witness statement. They had physical evidence, everything they need.”
A month after his sentencing in July 2022, Turner was arrested once more on minor fees, together with disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol by a minor and threatening a public worker.
While being booked in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, jail, he allegedly fought the power’s COVID protocols and advised a deputy, “If you try to put that mask on me, I will bite your f—ing finger off.”
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That’s when he was lastly thrown in jail. He spent 16 months in Turbeville Correctional Institution.
“The Bowen Turner case demonstrates, yet again, how the criminal legal system can fail victims and survivors of sexual assault,” Sara Barber, the chief director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, stated in a May 2022 assertion.
Turner will likely be required to finish a yr of group service and meet with an intensive supervision officer each week to make sure he’s abiding by the circumstances of his launch, Fox Carolina reported.
Turner is beneath intensive supervision in Orangeburg County, in keeping with jail data reviewed by the native information outlet.