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Swimmer charged in sexual assault gets probation in plea deal

Original post made on Jun 24, 2011

A 21-year-old graduate of San Ramon Valley High School and former swimmer at UC Davis has been convicted of a felony in connection with an attack on a young woman in her dorm room last year. Pierce Hunter accepted a plea deal that spared the victim from having to testify and avoided a jury trial.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 24, 2011, 7:07 PM

Comments (17)

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jun 26, 2011 at 8:14 am

Sure Robbie, whatever you say.
If the victim's statement is correct, the D.A. should have gone after the family members, and possibly the coach, for conspiracy.
What the #[email protected]& is Diablo College thinking letting this guy on their swim team? Coaches have such single-minded obsession that they cannot see anything else.
[portion removed] An excellent outcome would have been for Pierce to spend at least the whole five years behind bars.
Hopefully the next person he assaults will put a permanent end to his behavior.

Posted by Sara
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jun 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Very disheartend to learn that he is also a member of Walnut Creek Aquabears. Obviously by his own admission he needs help. However, swim coaches are not in the position to provide that help and are putting our children(both boys and girls)at risk.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2011 at 6:55 am

Robbie-- Your comments just stand as yet another instance of blaming the victim(s) for very unfortunate and disturbing acts of violence committed against them. Pierce is not the one that needs to be protected.


Posted by Beth
a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2011 at 8:37 am


To sum it up from the article, this sexual batterer:
1.Is serving 150 days in jail (about 5 mos.).
2. While on probation following jail, will continue to have a sexual battery charge held against him for five years following his release from jail.
3. Will be a REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER in our community during his time of probation.
5. Apparently he also has very serious substance abuse issues due to his being required to attend AA meetings.

So, why is this person being rewarded with being allowed to do what is obviously his favorite thing - swimming on a team (close to where young woman are changing in a locker room)?

I say each and every person call the Diablo Valley Swim Team and DVS College President NOW, TODAY or as soon as you can, to complain and let them know that we do not think this SEX OFFENDER should be rewarded by being on a swim team and being close to females' changing rooms again.

Here is the email and phone number I found to call the swim coach: Rick Millington, Head Coach DVC Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving, [email protected], 925-685-1230, ext. 2498 and the Office of the President of DVC is Peter Garcia, [email protected], 925-685-1230, ext.2201.

This guy should not have a normal life for a while. I am sure his victims are not living a normal life with the trauma they endured. He needs to complete his SEX OFFENDER programs FIRST before being allowed back into regular community activities.


Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

Great way to end the comment section, Beth. Okay everyone, do as Beth suggested and get the low life away from his favorite pass time.

I would love him or any other jock to try and abuse would be goodby baby.

Thanks, Julia from Alamo

Posted by Michael
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Looks like our wishes have come true. His picture is taped up at DVC all over campus exposing him for what he is. He is well known in Pleasanton as a sexual predator.

Posted by Steve
a resident of Diablo
on Jun 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm

There's always more to the story. All we got was the victim's statement. No contest is not an admission of guilt; it's an indication that he does not expect he could win a trial. And frankly, in today's society, if a woman decides you raped her, you have no hope, legally. And in the alcohol-fueled environment of college, where does one draw the line of a drunken hookup with regrets vs rape?

Where was the second victim for the legal proceedings? Apparently she did not think the situation important enough to merit a place in the lawsuit or to submit a statement.

Lastly, have any of you even hear of innocent until proven guilty? He was in the middle of a legal proceeding and trying to move on with his life. He already got kicked out of UC Davis, losing quite an opportunity there. What if it had gone to trial and he turned up innocent? That would be over a year of the worst possible ostracism, completely undeserved. You people are so quick to morally condemn anyone who comes within 10 yards of a label of "sex offender". Do you realize how broad that term is? A relationship that is perfectly legal in any of 38 other states can make a man a sex offender. And this is lumped in with true criminals, and pedophiles.

Maybe you all need to dull down your rage and consider the possibility that a troubled young man just had the world stack up against him, took the only logical course of action, and just wants to move on. Hate him silently if you want, but don't rally the rest of the community to outwardly shun him in every possible way.

Posted by Jane
a resident of Danville
on Jun 28, 2011 at 6:10 am


The article mentions "enablers" trying to "trivialize his violent behavior" - You sound a lot like one of them.

Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

Jane, I believe you are correct. Steve sounds like that troubled young man he mentions in his last paragraph. I think Steve should be watched.

Julia from Alamo

Posted by Steve
a resident of Diablo
on Jun 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Jane, the VICTIM said that, not the "article". I could say that Julia is trivializing your accusatory nature, but that doesn't make it fact. That's just my opinion.

I'm actually doing fine, Julia, but I'm quite worried about what will happen to Pierce. Sounds like you're trying to make a self-fulfilling prophecy for him... kick him out of the community, I'm sure that will make him less violent and angry and likely to be in trouble in the future. Let him take care of the stipulated conditions and move on.

Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Jun 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Sorry Steve-O, but I'll have to disagree with pretty much every single point you've tried to make. This guy is clearly exhibiting sociopathic behavior, and apparently has been for a while. At the ripe age of 21, he is unlikely to be "cured" of his nature, so I would say that indeed the prophecy has already been fulfilled. He is not an eight year old boy with drug-addict parents. A youngster who might have hope of being adopted into a better situation. He is an adult, for better or worse. Count me as one who feels he would be best removed from society. There are many people in prison for ridiculous minor offenses. I'm sure one of those beds could be freed up for Mr. Hunter, for a whole lot longer than five months.

Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Steve for your voice of reason- I get really frustrated and embarrassed by commenters who read an article and then think they know everything. And that their “opinions” are fact. NONE of us know whether the allegations about this young man came about from too much alcohol- or sociopathic behavior –-Is everyone who does bad things when they are drunk, sociopaths?. Web Link It’s ridiculous for casual readers to even speculate. Ah, but of course, perhaps in doing so they are displaying dangerous signs of “know it all” Personality Disorder Web Link .

As to reality, Derek co you really believe that it best for us to “remove” all perpetrators of this kind from society? Beth, Do you really think getting the community all riled up over this is good for ANYONE, and solves any REAL issues? Are you safer by having him kicked off the swim team? Isn’t it better on first offense, to figure out if there is a much simpler solution to the behavior (ie- cure the alcohol addiction) before assuming that removing them from society is the answer? Oh, but are you saying that the alcohol addiction is the clear sociopathic behavior he's been exhibiting?

I prefer the logical approach of Steve, to the other emotional responses- of Julia and Derek. But hey,I hope they keep on posting their “know it all” opinions- thankfully the more they say, the more ridiculous they sound!

Posted by curious...
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Is the judge in this case a democrat or republican?
Reason for my curiosity is that democrat judges, in general, tend to be much more lenient on sex offenders. In general, democrat judges tend to protect the perpetrator over the victim much more vigorously.

Yes, I know there are exceptions. But in general the above is true. You hear case after case in the media about judges (who we later learn are democrats) who protect the perp.

Posted by Three strikes
a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm


Read the story again. Hunter committed three separate attacks on women. Drunk or no, that's sociopathic behavior. He refused to take responsibility for the single count that could be proven in court (thanks to the victim's roommate), hence the "no contest" plea.

He knew he faced prison time, but still moved back here and joined two swim teams, one at DVC and another in Walnut Creek, where he could be in contact with the same type he's victimized before.

Hunter is lucky his parents paid for a really good attorney. I wonder what these posts would be saying had he been a person of color.

Posted by danville resident
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Jul 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Thank you Danville Express for being responsible enough to follow up on the original story with the factual conclusion and not leaving it to public speculation and conjecture. My student was acquainted with Pierce and some of the female members of the SRVHS swim team and it is good that some of the facts have been made clear.

Posted by Dave
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Are there any 2014 updates or follow up on this case that anyone can add. My understanding is that the suspect currently resides in Los Angeles County.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Jul 14, 2015 at 6:52 pm

Yes Dave he is in fact a resident of LA county. Look up his Facebook account

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