Officer accused of rape laid off by Spokane Police Department
SPOKANE, wASH. — An officer accused of rape has been laid off from Spokane Police Department.
Nathan Nash is accused of raping a woman who was the victim of a domestic violence case he was investigating.
When the allegations came forward, Nash was placed on paid leave by the department. On Tuesday, the police department laid him off.
While the criminal investigation is being handled by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department has launched an internal investigation.
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.”
Nash 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 is set to be back in court for his omnibus hearing on January 17. His trial is set to begin February 18.
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