Hearing, trial pushed back for former Spokane officer accused of rape

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Nathan Nash is a Spokane Police officer under investigation for possible sexual misconduct. This photo was taken from his LinkedIn account, but it has since been removed. 

SPOKANE, Wash. — A hearing and subsequent trial for a former Spokane Police officer charged with rape has been moved back to late March.

Nathan Nash is accused of raping a woman who was the victim of a domestic violence case he was investigating.

Nash was supposed to be in court Friday morning for an omnibus hearing, but it was canceled. A judge scheduled a readiness hearing for March 9. Nash was also expected to go to trial on February 18, but that was moved to March 23.

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. He has been laid off by the Spokane Police Department and the criminal investigation is being handled by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

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