A former student at West Chester University in Pennsylvania was sentenced to at least six years in prison this week after he was convicted of raping a female student in her dorm room, reports the Los Angeles Times. The school expelled 20-year-old Kyle Vo after his conviction on charges that included rape of an unconscious person. The case invited comparisons to the much-publicized case of Brock Turner, a former Stanford University student who was convicted of three charges of felony sexual assault when witnesses found him on top of an unconscious woman outside a campus fraternity last year.
Turner was sentenced to six months in prison and three years of probation, a punishment that was widely seen as too lenient and led to a petition to remove Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed it. Critics said that Turner received a light sentence because he was a wealthy, white athlete at a prestigious university. Vo, an Asian American, was a 19-year-old freshman at the time of his crime last year. With good behavior, he will serve six years, then five years of probation. Like Turner, he will also be required to register as a sex offender. According to the police report in the Vo case, the victim said she was with friends in her dorm room when Vo showed up with a water bottle filled with vodka. She took several shots. As the night went on, Vo became “touchy” and then raped her.