Pleasanton Weekly

Community Pulse - May 7, 2010

Pleasanton man pleads not guilty to attempted rape charge

Pierce Hunter, a 19-year-old UC Davis sophomore charged last month with attempted rape and forced oral copulation, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to Yolo County Court documents.

Hunter, who lives in Pleasanton, was arraigned April 27 and has been freed on bond.

The charges stem from an incident more than two months ago at a residence on the UC campus. The alleged victim came forward after what UC Police Capt. Joyce Souza described as "escalated aggressive behavior" and "threats."

Souza said in a previous interview that Hunter and the alleged victim, a fellow student, knew each other but were not in a dating relationship.

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

A preliminary hearing has been set for May 27.

--Glenn Wohltmann

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