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Man charged with rape

A 27-year-old registered sex offender was charged Tuesday with forcible rape after a 14-year-old girl said he assaulted her late Friday night in a wooded area behind a business complex on McCourtney Road.

Christopher Michael Clanton appeared in Nevada County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon for a special arraignment in front of Judge Julie McManus. He was appointed a public defender and is scheduled to enter his plea later this month to the charge of forcible rape.

The alleged 14-year-old victim girl went to a crisis center Saturday to report the incident and counselors notified police, Grass Valley Police Capt. Don Muren said.



The girl picked Clanton out of a photo lineup. She said she met Clanton outside the Del Oro movie theater on Mill Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday.

“He befriended her,” Muren said. The two took a walk, then Clanton raped her in the woods behind the Brighton Greens business complex, she told police.




The girl was examined Saturday at the hospital as part of the police’s Sexual Assault Response Team protocol.

Police tracked Clanton down Sunday evening at a parking lot at a disc golf course and arrested him on suspicion of rape.

Clanton has been required to register with Nevada County as a sex offender since he was convicted of indecent exposure in 2001, according to Sheriff’s Investigations Administrative Assistant Nancy Anderson.

Clanton is scheduled to enter his plea to the change at 1 p.m. March 15 in Nevada County Superior Court.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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