Friday, November 04, 2005


Judge rejects plea bargain for youth minister

NORTHFIELD, New Jersey — A judge has rejected a plea deal in the case of a former youth minister charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

Scott E. Nash, 46, formerly of 20 Summer St., Northfield, will now stand trial in Merrimack County Superior Court in December, according to public defender Abigale Albee.

Nash was to plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree assault Friday, but the plea deal, which would have meant that Nash wouldn't have to register as a sex offender, was rejected by Judge Kathleen McGuire.

He is charged with digitally penetrating a 4-year-old girl while baby-sitting her at his Northfield home in January.

At that time, Nash was working as a part-time administrator and secretary at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tilton.

He was recently sentenced to two to five years in state prison in a plea deal in Belknap County Superior Court on a theft charge.

He pleaded guilty to stealing more than $4,300 from a food pantry in Franklin that is affiliated with the church.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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