Former Spokane Police officer accused of rape to be back in court Friday
SPOKANE, Wash. — A former Spokane Police officer accused of rape is scheduled to be in court Friday for an omnibus hearing.
Nathan Nash is accused of raping a woman who was the victim of a domestic violence case he was investigating.
An omnibus hearing is a pretrial hearing where the prosecution will address the court and confirm if they have provided all the evidence to the defense. Meantime, the defense is able to alert the judge of any potential pre-trial motions.
Omnbius hearings come after a defendant enters a not guilty plea. Nash has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.
The criminal investigation is being handled by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Meantime, the Spokane Police Department has also launched an internal investigation and has since laid Nash off.
According to court documents, Nash turned off his body camera when he went to the victim’s home to do a follow up on her case.
The victim told investigators Nash asked to meet her in a private place to “go over the bruises on her body.” He is accused of inappropriately touching the victim.
Since the initial allegation, two more alleged victims have come forward. According to court documents, another victim of a domestic violence incident investigated by Nash also came forward. Records indicated Nash gave her his personal cell phone number because he could “respond faster than 911.”
That woman said she felt Nash had a hidden agenda of starting a relationship with her.
Additionally, when news broke of the accusations against Nash, a police volunteer came forward with her own. She said Nash slipper her a note with his personal cell phone number and sent her inappropriate text messages.
Nash is charged with second and third degree rape, as well as official misconduct.
Nash’s Friday hearing is set for 10:30 a.m.. He will return for his trial on February 18.
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