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Wondy Pierre-Louis Kidnapping Charges Lead To $40,000 Bail

01/19/10 05:31 PM ET   AP

Wondy Pierre Louis Kidnapping Charge

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bond was set at $40,000 Tuesday for former University of Florida football player Wondy Pierre-Louis after he was charged with choking a girlfriend, according to court records.

The former Gators cornerback turned himself in at the Alachua County jail early Tuesday. He appeared in court later Tuesday, along with the victim, who disputed the claims made in a Gainesville police report.

The victim initially told police that on Sunday morning Pierre-Louis kicked in the door to her apartment, pinned her against a bathroom countertop and choked her. Later, the report said, he threw her down on a bed and began choking her with his shirt. She was not injured.

A man who was at the apartment with the victim fled unharmed, the report said.

Records list felony charges of domestic battery by strangulation, burglary, false imprisonment and obstructing justice, and a misdemeanor count of battery.

The report said Pierre-Louis and the woman have previously lived together and have been dating off and on for about the past year.

State attorney's office spokesman Spencer Mann said the victim disputing the claims now won't change the investigation and charging decision.

Pierre-Louis, recently completed his senior season but has not graduated, was still at the Alachua County jail Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman said. Pierre-Louis' attorney, Amy Osteryoung, did not return a call.

Pierre-Louis is a native of Haiti. His parents survived last week's earthquake, but their family home was destroyed.

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