Suspect in two rapes arraigned in Nevada County Superior Court |

Suspect in two rapes arraigned in Nevada County Superior Court

Christopher Sparpanic

A Camptonville man taken into custody days before Thanksgiving was arraigned Monday in connection with the rape of two separate victims.

Christopher Michael Sparpanic, 33, faces five charges relating to a May 28 assault involving one victim: two counts of forcible rape, one count of attempting to commit sodomy by force or violence, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, and one count of kidnapping to commit a crime.

He faces five additional charges in connection with an assault on Aug. 23 of a second victim: two counts of forcible rape, one count of forcible oral copulation, one count of sodomy by use of force, and one count of kidnapping in order to commit a crime.

Deputy District Attorney Ed Grubaugh also filed multiple enhancements of aggravating circumstances, alleging Sparpanic’s kidnap of the victims substantially increased their risk of harm and that he committed the offense of rape against more than one victim. Those enhancements carry a possible prison sentence of 25 years to life.

Sparpanic appeared in Nevada County Superior Court Monday and was appointed a public defender. He is set to return Thursday to enter a plea.

Grubaugh requested criminal protective orders for both alleged victims, a request that will also be heard Thursday. Judge Candace Heidelberger noted bail has been set at $1 million and granted a no-contact order with the victims should Sparpanic make bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4236.

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