Rape suspect may face 7 charges | TheUnion.com

Rape suspect may face 7 charges

A Grass Valley man arrested last week on four rape and false-imprisonment charges is now looking at a total of seven charges.

Todd Ian Chappell, 19, faces two counts of sodomy, two counts of penetration, and one charge each of kidnapping, violating personal liberty and assault.

Chappell was arrested Feb. 17 after Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies were told a 19-year-old woman had been held against her will and raped by him, according to sheriff’s office reports. Authorities were alerted by people who had picked the woman up after she reportedly jumped out of his van while it was moving.

According to a sheriff’s report, Chappell was driving a van on Greenhorn Road near Manion Canyon Road with the woman to have consensual sex around 4:15 p.m. At some point, he told her he wanted to have a different type of sex, and she said she did not want to do that, the sheriff’s office reports stated.

Chappell then struck her in the face with a closed fist twice, bound her wrists with a T-shirt and raped her, according to the report.

When the two were on the way back to Grass Valley, she reportedly was able to get out of the van while it was moving.

Passersby picked her up and took her to a residence on Northstar Place.

At 4:50 p.m., two sheriff’s deputies were at another residence on the same block when the people who picked the victim up approached the deputies and told them what had just happened.

Chappell showed up at the residence just as the deputies were about to leave.

Sheriff Keith Royal said the relationship between the two had not been determined, nor has the reason why both returned to the same residence on Northstar Place. The victim and suspect each listed a different home address.

After taking statements from the victim and Chappell, deputies arrested him. She was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for an evaluation by the county’s Sexual Assault Response Team.

Chappell’s bail has been set at $100,000. A felony conference has been scheduled for March 4.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User