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Charges dismissed for former UH player

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A state judge has dismissed trespass and assault charges against former University of Hawaii football player JoPierre Davis six months after he pleaded guilty to the charges so Davis can pursue a professional football career.

Davis, 22, pleaded guilty in November to misdemeanor trespass and assault charges for entering a coed’s dormitory room, then knocking her unconscious with a punch to the mouth in a Waikiki nightclub five months later. He also admitted punching another person in the nightclub.

He was facing felony burglary and assault charges and felony and misdemeanor sexual assault charges for allegedly groping the coed in her dorm room and in the nightclub.

The city prosecutor dropped the sexual assault charges and reduced the other charges in exchange for Davis’ guilty pleas to the reduced charges.

In January, Circuit Judge Glenn Kim gave Davis the opportunity to have the charges and his guilty pleas dismissed if he stayed out of trouble and abided by probationlike restrictions for a year.

Davis’ lawyer, William Harrison, told Kim last month that Davis had no place to stay in Hawaii after graduating May 15 and that living here under court supervision made it difficult for him to respond quickly to tryout opportunities with professional football teams.

He said Davis needed to get prior approval to travel outside Hawaii, and the time it takes to get the approval could cause him to miss a tryout. He said Davis has had at least one tryout.

Kim allowed Davis to move back to California pending his decision on whether to dismiss the charges early.

He dismissed the charges Wednesday and ended court supervision after learning Davis has complied with all the terms and conditions of his release over the past 4 1/2 months.

Davis last played football for UH in 2008. He was kicked off the team following his February 2009 arrest for the trespass and assaults.


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