Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - April 30, 2010

Pleasanton man charged with attempted rape at UC Davis

Pierce Hunter, a 19-year-old sophomore from Pleasanton, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted rape, according to reports in the Davis Enterprise and KCRA in Sacramento.

"He was taken into custody on attempted rape and forced oral copulation last Thursday (April 22)," Capt. Joyce Souza of the UC Davis Police Department confirmed Tuesday. "This was a delayed reporting. However, the (alleged) victim involved in that had been exposed to some escalated aggressive behavior .... There were some threats made, so out of fear, the (alleged) victim came forward."

Souza said the initial incident occurred more than two months ago in a residence hall on campus, and that Hunter and the alleged victim, a fellow student, knew each other.

Hunter, a member of the UC Davis swim team, graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 2008, and was a member of that swim team as well.

Souza said the case remains under investigation and has asked for any others who might be victims to come forward. So far, she said, there's no indication that there are others.

However, Souza said any local victims should contact police in their area, adding, "If they have information, we can still help them."

Hunter was ordered held in Yolo County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

--Glenn Wohltmann

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