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Boundary County reviewing Nault case

Coeur d’Alene Press / 2.16.16

COEUR d’ALENE — Nearly seven months after the drowning of 16-year-old Reggie Nault on Lake Coeur d’Alene, no charges have been filed related to the death and the Boundary County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case.

Nault, who was a member of the Coeur d’Alene High varsity baseball team, was with two male juvenile friends on July 21, 2015, when he either fell or jumped from a moving boat without a life jacket, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

Nault’s body was recovered from the lake on Aug. 3. Alcohol intoxication was a condition related to Nault’s accidental death and the cause was asphyxia due to a freshwater drowning, according to a Kootenai County coroner’s report released on Oct. 23.

The KCSO forwarded its investigative report on the case to the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office on Jan. 14. The KCSO is not commenting further on the case until a decision is made by a prosecutor on whether to file charges, nor is it discussing whether it made any recommendations to the prosecutor on charges.

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Man sues Mennonite church over alleged abuse

Coeur d’Alene Press / 2.12.16

COEUR d’ALENE — A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims a child was sexually abused by his father, while leaders of a Mennonite church in Bonners Ferry failed to protect the boy.

The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday by attorneys with the Coeur d’Alene firm of James, Vernon and Weeks. It states Clayton Peaster was 11 when the alleged molestation occurred. He is now 27.

The defendants named in the suit are Mt. View Mennonite Church, Inc., the National Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, and Clayton’s adoptive parents, David Peaster and his wife, Cynthia Peaster.

During a press conference held Thursday at the firm’s office, Clayton’s attorney, Craig Vernon, said the child was adopted by the Peasters who both belonged to Mt. View Mennonite Church. The Kansas-based Church of God in Christ Mennonite, commonly known as the Holdeman Mennonites, is the parent organization of Mt. View.

Vernon went over details of the suit, which alleges that David Peaster sexually molested Clayton and an older boy several times over a four-year period. The suit claims during that time, Clayton told a deacon in the church that he was being molested.

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