Oroville serial rapist gets maximum sentence

A Butte County judge sentenced 25-year-old Nicholas Snowden to the maximum term of 25 years in prison for raping three separate victims over the span of three months.

Posted: May 1, 2019 3:25 PM
Updated: Oct 18, 2019 4:29 PM

UPDATE 1:35 p.m., Oct. 18, 2019 - A Butte County judge sentenced 25-year-old Nicholas Snowden to the maximum term of 25 years in prison for raping three separate victims over the span of three months. 

District Attorney Mike Ramsey made the following statements:

“We are thankful the judge agreed the maximum term was appropriate for this dangerous predator. The sheriff’s office did an outstanding job identifying and arresting Mr. Snowden. The brave women who survived the terrible ordeals Snowden put them through also deserve our thanks and respect for coming forward and reporting these heinous{sic} crimes to law enforcement.”

“Social media is a very powerful force in our society, giving people an unprecedented ability to share news and their views.” Ramsey added, “In this case, however, people on social media who were not aware of all the facts spread information about the case that simply wasn’t true. None of the victims even knew each other, yet told similar stories of the brutal rapes they endured. Victim-blaming was the defendant’s last weak line of defense. He is a rapist, period.”

Snowden will be required to register as a sex offender for life.


UPDATE 2:48 p.m., Aug. 28, 2019 - An Oroville man has pleaded guilty to raping three separate victims in a crime spree that began in February 2019 and ended with his arrest on April 30. 

25-year-old Nicholas Snowden appeared in Butte County Superior Court on Tuesday, Aug. 27 for a preliminary hearing. Instead of going forward with the hearing, Snowden pleaded guilty to three separate counts of forcible rape and admitted to a special enhancement for using a knife.

The three victims were picked up in Oroville and driven to remote areas where they were forced to engage in sexual activity.

Snowden remains in custody and is set to be sentenced on Sep. 26, 2019, where he faces upwards of 25 years in state prison.


OROVILLE, Calif. – The Butte County Sheriff’s Office recently had three rape victims come forward.

The Sheriff’s office said the rapes occurred in February, March, and April of 2019. Detectives linked all three incidents to the same suspect.

The victims all said they accepted rides from the suspect and provided similar descriptions of the car.

The victims reported being taken to secluded areas of South Oroville where the sexual assaults occurred.

With the help of surveillance footage, detectives located the suspect’s vehicle on April 30 at 7 a.m. After following the vehicle, detectives arrested Nicholas Snowden, 25, of Oroville on various sexual-assault charges.

Officials booked Snowden into Butte County Jail. His bail was set at $590,000.

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