Former Spokane Police officer found guilty of rape

SPOKANE, Wash. — A jury has found former Spokane Police officer Nathan Nash guilty of rape. He was found guilty of one count of 3rd-degree rape and one count of 2nd-degree rape.

Nash was found not guilty to one count of second-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment.

The maximum penalty for 2nd-degree rape is life in prison and/or $50,000 in fines. The maximum for 3rd-degree rape is 5 years and/or $10,000.

Throughout his trial, the 39-year-old maintained his innocence.

He was first charged in 2019 when a woman came forward alleging he raped her while investigating her case. She reported being assaulted by her boyfriend and Nash was one of the responding officers.

She claimed Nash came back another time to “follow up” on her case and that is when the alleged rape happened.

Court records show the victim contacted Nash to show him photos of bruises and hospital records as evidence. Nash is said to have returned to her home, where he examined her in her bedroom.

It was during this time that Nash allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Nash was also charged in a case very similar to the first. In early August 2021, a woman told police about an experience similar to the first report.

This woman called 911 to report her neighbor had assaulted her and Nash was one of the responding officers. She also said Nash returned to her home to conduct a follow-up and raped her.

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