6/8/2016 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brock Allen Turner — the ex-Stanford swimmer convicted of rape — has been placed in protective custody while serving his sentence at Santa Clara County Jail … to keep him safe from inmates who might harm him.
We spoke to a rep for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, who confirmed to TMZ Sports, Turner is being held in an area away from the general inmate population, and will have a deputy escort whenever he moves around the grounds.
He will be exposed to other inmates — but only ones in “protective custody” — which include people convicted of sexual assault, LGBT inmates and gang dropouts.
“They’re kept totally separate … so they aren’t harmed.”
We’re told Turner’s “protective custody” status is NOT due to the fact his case is so high-profile — but rather because he was convicted of sexual assault … and those type of inmates are often targeted.
Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner to 6 months in county jail for raping a 23-year-old woman on the Stanford campus in 2015 … but with good behavior he could be out by September.