Three women on Tuesday detailed similar sexual assaults during a preliminary hearing into the evidence against a man accused of rape.
Christopher Michael Sparpanic, 34, has been charged with 14 felony counts involving four victims that include forcible rape, attempting to commit sodomy by force or violence, kidnapping to commit a crime, forcible oral copulation, and sodomy by use of force.
The hearing into the evidence against Sparpanic, which lasted nearly the entire day, was set to resume Thursday. Sparpanic remained in custody Tuesday on a $1 million bond.
Sparpanic approached each woman, offering work, a ride or a “smoke” at the river. Instead, the defendant drove miles out of the way into the woods, and repeatedly raped them, the women testified during the hearing in Nevada County Superior Court.
The first woman said she was homeless in May 2019 when Sparpanic approached her in the parking lot of a Grass Valley gas station.
She said Sparpanic offered her $60 to trim marijuana, and agreed because she was about to go into a drug treatment program and was “desperate” for cigarette money. She told Sparpanic she would not have sex with him in an effort to set boundaries.
The woman also testified that Sparpanic had told her they were going to Greenhorn, but that he instead drove to Colfax and ended up near Foresthill. At that point, she said, he ordered her out of the vehicle and raped her. She detailed repeated sexual assaults before he drove back to Grass Valley and dropped her off, saying she never agreed to the sexual intercourse but did not resist out of fear. At one point, she said, he became angry when she protested and told her to shut up.
The second woman testified that she met Sparpanic in August 2019,