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Former mayor of Salem, Missouri charged with felony sex offenses

47-year-old Bradley J. Nash was once the mayor of Salem in Dent County, Missouri.

Now he is charged with felony sex offenses.

The charges against Nash include one felony count of second-degree child molestation and two felony counts of statutory sodomy/attempted deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old – aggravated sexual offense.

Nash is currently is being held without bond in the Dent County Jail.

The case’s probable cause statement details investigation into Nash was initiated upon a call being made to the Children’s Division abuse hotline and two of Nash’s adopted daughters coming forward to a juvenile officer with allegations against him.

The statement cites forensic interviews with the daughters in which they detail Nash would molest them at night and recorded one showering using his cellphone. The dates of the crimes are listed as occurring between April 2022 and April 2023 as well as between June 1 to Aug. 31, 2021.

Nash was first elected as Salem’s mayor in 2016 and resigned from office in 2021. He has also served as chief of the Dent County Fire Protection District.

The charges described above are merely accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before the court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Dent was arrested on Dec. 28th.

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