The former California judge who was recalled after widespread backlash over his sentence in ex-Stanford University athlete Brock Turner's sexual assault case has reportedly been hired as a high school tennis coach.

The Fremont Union High School District in California confirmed to HuffPost that former Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who goes by his full name Michael Aaron Persky, recently joined the staff of Lynbrook High School in San Jose, where he is coaching junior varsity girls tennis.


A representative for the school district, Rachel Zlotziver, told the publication that Persky got the job after applying for the position this summer. She said he “was a highly qualified applicant for the position, having attended several tennis coaching clinics for youth, and holds a high rating from the United States Tennis Association.”

Zlotziver also told the publication that the school was previously unaware of Persky’s role in the sexual assault case that thrust his name into the national spotlight in 2016, in which he sentenced Turner to six months in jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious woman. 

Persky lost his job last year after more than 60 percent of voters in Santa Clara County agreed that he should be recalled.

Zlotziver told HuffPost that the details surrounding the case were “brought to [the school’s] attention.” 

According to the publication, the news of Persky’s hiring fueled concerns among some parents and prompted the school to hold a meeting with parents of the athletes on the girls' tennis team.

“Our focus remains on ensuring that our students have the best possible educational experience ― both academically and athletically,” Zlotziver told the outlet. 

A petition has also been started online calling for the former judge to be removed from his new role. As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition has gathered more than 1,000 signatures.

Persky also captured headlines late last year after he sent out an email to his supporters seeking donations to help pay off legal fees that arose from the recall.