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SRVHS alum arrested on suspicion of rape in Davis

Charges stem from an incident more than two months ago

Pierce Hunter, a 19-year-old sophomore at UC Davis and San Ramon Valley High School alumni, 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)," Captain 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 behaviorů 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 U.C. Davis swim team, reportedly is from Pleasanton and graduated from San Ramon Valley High School in 2008, and was a member of the swim team there 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 $150,000 bond.

Comments

Posted by Porter, a resident of another community
on Apr 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet, a resident of another community
on Apr 29, 2010 at 7:02 am

Dear Emily,

Thank you for correcting the story to illustrate that an alleged crime had been committed.

In this morning's e-exchanges local criminal counsel noted that the story reflects a police force trying to build evident for a case by seeking more women who might claim to be victims. At present, if only the claims of one alleged victim, without witnesses, is the basis of the case, counsel expects the DA in Yolo County to toss the case.

Ralph without ROFL


Posted by danville mom, a resident of Danville
on Apr 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

Ugh! Date rape? I'm sure alcohol was involved.


Posted by Alan, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm

All crimes involving any kind of sex crime should be fully investigated. The victims deserve it.


Posted by DJ, a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Apr 30, 2010 at 1:44 am

Wow never would have expected this to happen to Pierce... kid back in highschool was really on the right path.... shocking to hear this happen but at same time if DA does have evidence he did do this he deserves to be locked up for a good amount of time..... I am a guy and I believe every women deserves to feel safe and not feel threatened or taken advantage of especially when it come to anything sexual..... I hope pierce will learn a good lesson


Posted by sparkles, a resident of Danville
on Apr 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

Guilty until proven innocent. Is this what our media has become? This young man is being investigated. No charges have been drawn. Yet his picture is posted like a Wanted poster. Not saying he is innocent or guilty. But a little more responsibility on the media's part is needed, Danville Express. If he is guilty, it will be proven and he will be punished for this terrible crime. If he is not, a young man's life has been severely damaged. Can't you just wait until then?


Posted by DJ, a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

Sparkles i 100 percent agree its unfair to post an article or have his picture posted since it is still an investigation, If he is to be innocent his image is already tarnished since most people know the situation or have heard through the grapevine


Posted by Longtime Resident, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:28 am

Longtime Resident is a registered user.

I don't see too many smiling booking photos unless he's that hardcore. And based on the article, he was arrested, so yes, it's public information. The hypocrites here are entertaining. Suppose instead of Mr. Hunter, this was one of the kids from the group homes everybody loves to hate. Would you all be rushing to his defense? Didn't think so.


Posted by Freckles, a resident of Danville
on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Well Longtime resident, the boy from the group home was involved in a murder! His picture was not plastered in his hometown paper. Why is this news and why is in it our paper here? It just seems unnecessary to ruin a family and the boys reputation. How will it change our life to know this about this kid or his family? It is just journalism's sick way to engage us.


Posted by Longtime Resident, a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Longtime Resident is a registered user.

Freckles, I can just imagine you saying "boy" in your best southern accent. You hit the nail on the head probably without even realizing it - the murder suspect is a juvenile. The law prevents his identity from being released. If he was an adult or if he was charged as such, I assure you his photo would've been shown. Why is this news? Sexual assault is a felony (ie one of those serious crimes that you go to prison for a long time.) It seems unnecessary to ruin his reputation? Which reputation is that, his reputation as a rapist? Afraid he won't be able to get a date? Perhaps you'd allow your daughter to date him? I guess you just prefer the good old boy system - boys will be boys and sweep it under the rug?


Posted by Soba, a resident of Alamo
on May 2, 2010 at 10:18 am

Alan, it isn't just the "victims" that deserve that the crimes be fully investigated. The accused deserve it, too:

"Politically correct feminists claim false rape accusations are rare and account for only 2 percent of all reports. Men's rights sites point to research that places the rate as high as 41 percent. These are wildly disparate figures that cannot be reconciled...

A 1996 study published by the U.S. Department of Justice: Convicted by Juries, Exonerated by Science: Case Studies in the Use of DNA Evidence to Establish Innocence After Trial.

The study documents 28 cases which, "with the exception of one young man of limited mental capacity who pleaded guilty," consist of individuals who were convicted by juries and, then, later exonerated by DNA tests.

At the time of release, they had each served an average of 7 years in prison.

Peter Neufeld and Barry C. Scheck, prominent criminal attorneys and co-founders of the Innocence Project that seeks to release those falsely imprisoned...stated, "Every year since 1989, in about 25 percent of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI where results could be obtained, the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing. Specifically, FBI officials report that out of roughly 10,000 sexual assault cases since 1989, about 2,000 tests have been inconclusive, about 2,000 tests have excluded the primary suspect, and about 6,000 have "matched" or included the primary suspect."


Posted by Responding, a resident of Danville
on May 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Innocent until proven guilty. He is being investigated. Doesn't ever look good when someone is being charged with a crime, but under the law, he is still innocent until he is proven otherwise.

If he is found guilty, I hope he serves time and learns a lesson. Men and women need to feel safe and secure, not being threatened from sexual or physical abuse.


Posted by neighbor, a resident of Alamo
on May 3, 2010 at 2:26 am

innocent until proven guilty. i am friends with both of them and [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] so who knows what happened.

ALSO this is his facebook profile pic NOT his mug shot [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language] . since when do they have colorful backgrounds


Posted by neighbor, a resident of Alamo
on May 3, 2010 at 2:28 am

and also it is his uc davis swim team picture


Posted by reasonable, a resident of Danville
on May 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I would think in order to actually arrest a person the police must have clear evidence or strong grounds to do so. Also, there must be a reason, I hope, why they are looking for other victims to the degree they have publicly announced it in the media. I would hope they would not try to hang someone without reasonable suspicion. You never know but you have to feel sorry for the victim. After all, besides being victimized they're also being scrutinized.


Posted by Scruffy, a resident of Danville
on May 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

If the cops arrested him he must be guilty, right?


Posted by reasonable, a resident of Danville
on May 4, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Ever hear of reasonable cause? FYI rape is a violent crime--that means physical injury.


Posted by reasonable, a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2010 at 12:10 am

Obviously, they put this story in hoping if there are any other victims that they'll step forward ...color photo,c'mon. I hope the Danville Express will be responsible enough to follow up on this story. Being ARRESTED and being CONVICTED are NOT the same thing but, you can't stop people from drawing their own conclusions. Hopefully people will judged him on his own merit. Whatever the outcome I hope the Justice System gets it right.


Posted by Resident, a resident of another community
on May 6, 2010 at 12:22 am

None of you know the story...you think you know these two people, but you don't...the media has just set up a story for publicity...the story is very well true and all, but there are several things that have not been posted within this article that have to do with the case...so most of you have no idea what you're talking about...you must have a warrant for an arrest and to get a warrant you must have probable cause, so obviously there was probable cause because he was arrested...duh. the guy needs to get some serious help. its unfortunate that it happened, but it did and the only thing anyone can do now is implement punishment on the accused if he is proven guilty.


Posted by reasonable, a resident of Danville
on May 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Enlighten us. Where was the complete story published?


Posted by UCD STUDENT, a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

I was directly involved in the case and knew both the victim and Pierce. At this point in time during the case Mr. Hunter had admitted to sexually assualting the victim. This information was not given to the press during this time.


Posted by UCD STUDENT, a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I was directly involved in the case and knew both the victim and Pierce. At this point in time during the case Mr. Hunter had admitted to sexually assualting the victim. This information was not given to the press during this time.


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