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Former Spokane police officer convicted of rape charges

Courtesy of Spokane Police Department
Former Spokane police officer Nathan Nash

Nathan Nash was accused of taking advantage of his position during assault investigations.

A former Spokane police officer has been convicted of two counts of rape.

A Superior Court jury late Tuesday afternoon returned the verdicts against Nathan Nash on one count of second-degree rape with aggravating circumstances and one count of third-degree rape. Nash had been accused of using his authority to get access to the women’s homes as part of investigations into previous assaults. During his trial, he professed his innocence and questioned the women’s credibility.

Nash will be sentenced in October.

His former employer, the Spokane Police Department, issued a statement afterward praising the victims for their courage in reporting the cases and participating in the investigations. It said Nash’s actions are inexcusable.

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