Jury deliberations underway in former Spokane officer’s rape trial

SPOKANE, Wash. — Former Spokane Police officer Nathan Nash’s future is now in the hands of a jury.

The jury is working to determine whether Nash is guilty of raping two women whose sexual assault cases he was investigating.

The 39-year-old faces multiple counts of rape, misconduct and unlawful imprisonment. Despite the charges, he maintains 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.

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.

Nash was again booked on second-degree rape. In both cases, he was released from jail.

Both cases are being tried simultaneously. If convicted, Nash could face life in prison.

The jury was released for the day on Monday and will return tomorrow morning to reconvene deliberations.

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