was a former Mormon missionary from Utah who served a mission in North Carolina in 1999; accused in 2001 of sexually molesting 11 girls while on his mission; pleaded guilty to charges of child sexual abuse

Case Summary

10/17/99 North Carolina

LDS Matthew Alan Nash, “sexually molested 11 young girls ages 5-8 while on his mission
in North Carolina. He was sentenced to prison for 5 years. In exchange for the guilty pleas,
prosecutors dismissed a more severe count of sexual offense of a child.

According to North Carolina police, Nash’s victims were all members of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints between the ages of 5 and 8 years. The assaults took place
while Nash taught class at a local LDS church or during at-home visits with church
members between February and May 1999, police said.

Nash served in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission, which covers roughly the western half
of the state.”

S.L. molester sent to N.C. prison He admitted to assaulting girls during mission By Angie
Welling Deseret News staff writer Published: Tuesday, May 1 2001 11:01 a.m. MDT
“A Salt Lake man will spend the next five years in prison after admitting to sexually
molesting 11 young girls while serving an LDS mission in North Carolina.

Matthew Alan Nash, 27, of Salt Lake City, has admitted to molesting at least 22
children in both North Carolina and Utah since age 16. Matthew Alan Nash, 27, pleaded
guilty Monday in Macon County Superior Court to 18 counts of indecent liberties with a
child. He was sentenced to serve five years and five months in prison and was immediately
turned over to the North Carolina Department of Corrections.”

By Kent Larsen

Former Missionary Sentenced for Sexual Assault during Mission

The following are listed as Kent Larsen’s sources:

Former Mormon missionarv sentenced to five years

Asheville NC Citizen-Times 30Apr01 D2

By Quintin Ellison: Staff Writer

Former Mormon missionary sentenced to five years

S.L. molester sent to N.C. prison

Deseret News IMayOl D2

By Angie Welling: Deseret News Staff Writer

Missionarv accused of molestina airls returns to North Carolina

Raleigh NC News &Observer (AP) IMayOl D2

Man Gets 5-Year Sentence for Sex Offenses While on Mormon Mission

Salt Lake Tribune (AP) 1 MayOl D

  1. Ex-missionary, now excommunicated, turns himself in on N.C. sex charges
    view source details | 22 Jan 2001 | St. George Daily Spectrum
  2. S.L. molester sent to N.C. prison - Deseret News - 2001-05-01
    view source details | |
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