Former volunteer youth minister pleads guilty to sex with teen

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A Texarkana woman who sexually abused a teen boy she met through church plead guilty in Miller County this week.
 
Victoria Rose Nash, 29, was sentenced to 10 years felony probation and must pay a $1,000 fine as part of a plea bargain finalized before Circuit Judge Carlton Jones Monday at the Miller County courthouse. Nash must also register as a sex offender and provide a sample of her DNA.
 
Nash became acquainted with the boy while volunteering in the Texarkana, Ark., Presbyterian Church youth program, according to court documents. In 2012, when the victim was 15, Nash began sending him text messages which became sexual. Nash molested the boy repeatedly for several years.
 
In October 2014, the victim disclosed the abuse to his parents, who notified police. During a forensic interview at Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center, the boy described tattoos on Nash’s thigh of a rose and tattoos of a cross and Bible verse on her lower back. The boy and his parents gave investigators an unopened care package Nash had sent the victim while she was on a trip out of state.
 
The package contained ten envelopes, one for each day she was away, which contained a love note such as, “Loving you was never an option—it was a necessity.” Inside the box were also ten gifts on which Nash had written messages. A container holding gummy worms candy was marked, “Babe, I’m hooked on you,” and on a pack of bubble gum were written the words, “I’m stuck on you,” for example.
 
The boy, his parents and the boy’s sister attended Nash’s hearing Monday. The boy’s father commented on how Nash has altered her appearance since she was arrested Oct. 30, 2014, and subsequently released on bond. In her mugshot Nash has blonde hair. At pretrial hearings, Nash appeared in court with red hair and Monday, Nash’s locks were dyed black and she wore a pair of black framed glasses.
 
The boy’s mother described feeling helpless and confused as her son became withdrawn for several years before coming forward about the abuse. The sister called Nash a “rapist” who left her brother fearful.
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