Court convicts former Spokane police officer of raping two women. Nash was acquitted of another count of rape, unlawful imprisonment

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Aug. 31—A jury convicted former Spokane police officer Nathan Nash Tuesday of raping two women.

Nash was on trial for three counts of rape involving two victims. The jury found that Nash raped both women, but he was found not guilty of a second count of rape of the now 25-year-old woman and of wrongful imprisonment relating to the now 41-year-old woman.

There was little reaction in the courtroom as Spokane County Superior Court Judge John Cooney read the verdict. The sobs of Nash’s young son echoed through the courtroom as Nash was handcuffed and taken into custody.

One of the victims stood, weeping silently. As Nash’s wife, Kristeen Nash, left the courtroom, he pointed at her and said, “I’m going to reveal the truth.”

He repeated the phrase aloud, punctuated, as he walked down the courthouse hallway.

The women accused Nash, 39, of raping them during visits after physical attacks he responded to in his role as a Spokane police officer.

The 25-year-old woman testified that Nash pulled down her pants while looking at a bruise from the initial attack and inserted his fingers inside her in October 2019. He was convicted of third-degree rape but acquitted of second-degree rape.

Another woman, now 41, testified that Nash was looking at bruises on her leg from a physical assault in July 2019 when he put his hand in her underwear. He then pushed her onto the couch and raped her, the woman testified last week. He was convicted of raping her in the second degree with aggravated breach of trust in him as a law enforcement officer.

The jury began deliberations shortly after noon Monday and returned a verdict before 5:30 p.m. of Tuesday.

Nash maintained his innocence throughout the trial and testified that he never assaulted either woman. That included several Facebook posts on Tuesday in which he identified both women and cast doubt on their credibility.

After his client was remanded in custody, Wayne Fricke said the split verdict was “unusual” and indicated Nash would likely appeal.

Nash is still awaiting trial on a charge of official misconduct related to a third victim.

After the verdict, the Spokane Police Department issued a statement thanking the women for coming forward.

“SPD is grateful that some justice has been delivered to the victims of Nathan Nash today, while we also recognize that nothing can undo the damage that has been done,” the statement said. “The SPD would like to recognize the courage shown by the victims in coming forward which allowed the criminal justice system to hold Nash accountable for his behaviour.”

Nash betrayed his oath as a police officer and violated the public trust, the statement said.

“His actions are inexcusable and today the court, a body of his peers, held him accountable for his actions,” according to the statement.

This is the second time in less than five years that a Spokane police officer has been convicted of a sex crime.

In March 2018, a jury convicted Gordon Ennis of second-degree rape for assaulting a colleague at a party. He was sentenced to seven years to life in prison.

Nash’s sentencing is set for Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m

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