A teenage pervert accused of raping three women but only convicted of attacking one has sparked fury after avoiding a jail sentence.
Relatives of 19-year-old Bowen Turner’s victims were disgusted that he only received a slap on on the wrist by Orangeburg County Judge Markley Dennis after admitting to assaulting pastor’s daughter Chloe Bess in 2019.
Turner’s father Walt works as an investigator for South Carolina first circuit solicitor David Pascoe, FitsNews reported.
That meant the case was handed over to second circuit solicitor Bill Weeks.
Locals say it has uncomfortable echoes of the scandal-ridden Murdaugh family, whose multiple alleged crimes were covered-up thanks to powerful connections within the South Carolina legal community.
Bowen Turner was given probation by Orangeburg County Judge Markley Dennis after admitting to assaulting Chloe Bess in 2019
Turner, initially charged with sexual misconduct, entered a plea deal with the prosecution on Friday.
He was ultimately convicted of assault and battery, and handed probation, The Times and Democrat reported.
Turner was given the easy sentence because he was a juvenile at the time of the attack.
A second woman named Dallas Stoller who he was accused of molesting in October 2018 died suddenly in November 2021, before Turner could be tried on her allegations.
That meant the charges in that case were dropped after the court decreed that Turner had the legal right to face down his accuser.
A third sex charge filed against the depraved teen separately was later dropped, with no details of those allegations emerging.
At the time he attacked Chloe Bess (left), Turner was on bond for allegedly raping and beating 18-year-old Dallas Hayer Stoller (right) in October 2018. Bess waived her anonymity to condemn Turner’s light sentence
Turner is pictured in court Friday, with his probationary sentence infuriating his victim and the family of his second alleged victim
And because Turner was sentenced as a juvenile, will not have to register as a sex offender, unless he commits another assault within five years.
Even more shockingly, the arrogant deviant was allowed to walk free despite repeatedly violating the terms of his house arrest while awaiting trial.
Turner went golfing, visited a Brazilian steakhouse and even went out of state to visit a car showroom in Georgia, in clear breach of his bond conditions.
Bess, who said she was raped by Turner at a pond house party, decried his laughable sentence, saying she waited three years for justice she never received.
‘I’m extremely disappointed, I feel like no matter what we say, it falls on deaf ears,’ she said at a press conference after the sentencing. ‘This feels defeating but I will not be defeated.’ She waived the usual anonymity granted by the press to victims of sex attacks to share her outrage.
At the time he attacked Bess, Turner was on bond for allegedly raping and beating 18-year-old Dallas Hayer Stoller in October 2018, local news station WCSC reported.
Bamberg County dismissed the first-degree sexual assault and battery charges against Turner in connection to Stoller’s claims following her death in December.
‘The fact that the defendant is going to walk free today and our sister is never going to walk the earth again,’ Stoller’s sister, Brette Tabatabai said. We feel like not only her voice was stolen but ours too.’
A third victim in Calhoun County also brought up rape claims against Turner, but the SC Law Enforcement Division did not proceed with criminal charges.
Turner’s criminal record will likely be expunged despite his over 50 house arrest violations, Sarah Ford, an attorney for Bess and Stoller’s family, said.
Court records state that Turner violated the measure to go to golf courses, a Brazilian steakhouse, several other restaurants, sports goods stores and even went out of state to Georgia to go car-shopping.
Judge Markley Dennis gave Turner probation and said he issued a restriction order against him for Bess
‘There have been issue after issue with this case. He’s ignored court order after court order and his victims have been told to just sit and endure,’ the victims’ lawyer, Sarah Foder, said.
Turner was first accused of sexual assault in October 2018. Dallas Stoller told police she was raped and beaten by Turner while she was intoxicated.
‘Dallas attended a party in Bamberg County. She was brought home from the party heavily intoxicated and would ultimately be found to be sexually assaulted later that night,’ Karl Stoller told the court Friday.
‘[She] made the difficult decision to move forward with the case, all the while knowing because of who her alleged attacker was, she would be a target of personal attacks and insults in the community.’
‘I could fully accept whatever outcome was decided if I felt and fully believed all families were well-represented by the solicitor’s office and they truly did the best job they could,’ Stoller added. ‘This is indeed a very sad day for victims in our state.’
First-degree sexual assault and aggravated force charges brought against Turner in 2018 in connection to Stoller’s claims were dropped by Second Circuit Deputy Solicitor David Miller earlier this year, following her death in November.
Shortly after Stoller’s attack, Turner, then 16, assaulted Chloe Bess as she walked outside of a pond house party around 3am, Miller said.
Bess told police that Turner pulled her behind a truck and put her on the ground. He then exposed her underwear and forced himself on her, she claimed.
Relatives of Stoller said he was merely given a slap on the wrist. ‘The fact that the defendant is going to walk free today and our sister is never going to walk the earth again,’ Stoller’s sister, Brette Tabatabai (far right) said. We feel like not only her voice was stolen but ours too.’
First-degree sexual assault and aggravated force charges brought against Turner in 2018 in connection to Stoller’s claims were dropped by Second Circuit Deputy Solicitor David Miller earlier this year, following her death in November
Court documents show that Turner was on bond at the time he attacked Bess and proceeded to violate his house arrest over 50 times after in the aftermath of her allegations.
A third victim’s sexual assault claims were dismissed by the state.
‘We have experienced a catastrophic failure of this system and it impacts my family daily,’ Chloe Bess’ father, Reverend Darren Bess, said.
The family has since moved out of state to lessen the impact of the criminal proceedings in their lives.
Meanwhile, Stoller’s family has alleged that Turner’s sentencing is the result of a conflict of interest.
Turner’s father, Walt Turner, is an investigator for the South Carolina Solicitor’s first circuit solicitor. The older Turner recused himself and the investigation was handed to Miller.
Turner is being represented by South Carolina state senator Brad Hutto.
In 2019, Hutto made distasteful comments about the victims, implying at least one of them had consensual sex with Turner and later regretted it.
‘Well, guess what? You just had sex on the ground with a boy you didn’t really know and you got up and you feel ashamed, you feel regret, that’s not rape,’ Hutto told a court three years ago, The Times and Democrat reported.
‘She did not object, she did not scratch, she did not push, she did not call out. When asked point blank if she said, ”no,” she didn’t. When asked point blank if she said ”stop,” she didn’t.’
The victims’ lawyer, Sarah Ford has since filed motions to appeal Turner’s sentence.