(Adel, IA) The leading scorer on the University of Iowa’s basketball team who was kicked off the squad last week on Wednesday was changed in connection with a domestic dispute. Pierre Pierce, 21, surrendered to West Des Moines police on Wednesday morning, and was led in handcuffs into the Dallas County Courthouse in Adel Wednesday afternoon, where he was charged with assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse, first degree burglary, domestic assault, false imprisonment, and fourth degree criminal mischief stemming from an altercation with a female friend Pierce says he had dated for two years. The unidentified woman told police Pierce choked her, threatened her with a knife, fondled her after removing her clothing and prevented her from leaving. Police also say Pierce caused about $200 worth of damage when he trashed the woman’s apartment. Pierce’s attorney says his client plans to “vigorously defend himself” against the charges. This is Pierce’s second brush with the law. Pierce pled guilty to asault over two years ago and performed 200 hours of community service in a plea bargain arranged after he was charged with attacking a woman in Iowa City. He sat out of competition for a year and kept his scholarship. Pierce’s coach, Steve Alford, kicked Pierce off the basketball team last week, before criminal charges were filed, saying Pierce had been given a second chance and had violated the trust university officials had placed in him. Pierce, a junior, was the Hawkeye’s leading scorer. He could face 32 years in prison if convicted of all the charges. Late last week, his lawyer appealed Pierce’s ejection from the Hawkeye basketball team and said Pierce was considering transferring to another college or trying out for a professional basketball team..
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