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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.

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Posted by John Byrne
a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

The incident you referred to in your story on Pierce Hunter happened over four months ago...not over two months ago. Why can't you get a story right?


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm

But isn't over 4 months ago also over 2 months ago?


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Posted by John Byrne
a resident of Danville
on May 7, 2010 at 7:01 am

Yes, of course it is...so would be reporting the incident as allegedly happening a "number of days ago..." Why not print the truth instead of an "inference" that the victim's reporting is closer to the alleged incident making her reporting of the alleged incident more timely.

Gee, what a concept, i.e., printing the truth!


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Posted by Back off Byrne
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

John Byrne,
You're not really complaining about the PW's reporting - earlier articles indicated the "incident" - that is the attempted rape and forced oral copulation occurred in January, but the victim, not unusual for victims of sexual assault, was afraid to report the attack until months later. She did so after ADDITIONAL threats made by the alleged attacker. Reporting a sexual assault two hours, two days, or two months after it happened doesn't change what happened.
Your criticism of the PW cloaks your criticism of the victim.
If Hunter is guilty, he should be punished, not only in a court of law, but he should be expelled from Davis.
If he is guilty, the worse that can happen to him is that he will have to spend some time in jail.
But if he is guilty, it's the victim who will forever suffer from what he did.



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Posted by Disapointed
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on May 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

And if he is not guilty will the PW report on that?


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Posted by Back off Byrne
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

If Hunter is not guilty, then the PW should report on that and and the alleged victim should be prosecuted for filing a false report with the police.
But Byrne's "timely manner" comment was a swipe at the victim.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

What I'm hearing is that he is indeed guilty...we will have to wait until the trial is over to know...the wheels of just grind slowly.


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