Serial rapist pleads guilty

The 25-year-old faces 25 years in prison for three rapes in Oroville

Last week (Aug. 30), 25-year-old Nicholas Snowden, of Oroville, pleaded guilty to three counts of forcible rape in Butte County Superior Court, according to a press release from District Attorney Mike Ramsey.

Snowden (pictured) was arrested in April after three women reported similar incidents in which a young man had offered a ride in his white SUV, then drove to a remote place where an assault took place. During the latter two attacks, in March and April, Snowden drove his victims to an area behind Golden Hills Elementary. His SUV was caught on the school’s video surveillance and identified by a decal.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 27. Snowden faces up to 25 years, and at the end of his sentence, according to the release, he will be evaluated under California’s Sexually Violent Predator program.