The judge who gave a six-month jail term to a former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious young woman is to stop hearing criminal cases.
Judge Aaron Persky asked to be moved to Santa Clara County court's civil division after imposing the sentence on Brock Turner, 20, an official said.
Mr Persky's decision was widely criticised as too lenient.
The case sparked outrage fuelled by the victim's powerful and viral impact statement.
Mr Persky received death threats, faced a recall effort and several online petitions seeking his removal after the case came up.
"Judge Persky believes the change will aid the public and the court by reducing the distractions that threaten to interfere with his ability to effectively discharge the duties of his current criminal assignment," Santa Clara County Presiding Judge Rise Jones Pichon said in a statement.
The move will take effect on 6 September.