Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Former Hawkeye Pierce faces six counts

West Des Moines, IA (Sports Network) – Former Iowa basketball player Pierre
Pierce was charged on six counts Wednesday in connection with an incident last
month involving a girl in West Des Moines.

Pierce surrendered to West Des Moines police Wednesday morning and then
appeared at the Dallas County courthouse in Adel later in the day.

Pierce, who was dismissed from the team last week after becoming the focus of
a criminal investigation, was charged with first-degree burglary (a Class B
felony), two counts of domestic abuse/ assault, assault with intent to commit
sexual abuse, false imprisonment, and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Aside
from the first-degree burglary charge, the others are classified as
“aggravated” or “serious” misdemeanors.

Pierce is accused of assaulting the woman, who he claims is a former
girlfriend, on January 27 at her home on South 79th Street. Court records show
that Pierce “did verbally threaten to do the victim bodily harm while he was
displaying a kitchen knife, in a dangerous manner.”

Records also say Pierce choked the woman with his hands and forcibly removed
her clothing while making unwanted and offensive sexual advances. If
convicted, Pierce could face a combined 32 years in prison.

The 6’4″ Pierce was averaging a team-best 17.8 points per game average and was
a strong candidate for all-Big Ten honors.