“I saw you for what you really are – a coward, a predator of the weak and defenseless,” one victim said.
Trigger Warning: This story discusses child abuse that may be disturbing to readers.
Patrick Rose, the former president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, was sentenced up to 13 years in prison after he admitted to molesting six children over a 27-year period his home in West Roxbury between 1993 and 2020, according to New York Post.
Rose, 67, pleaded guilty to 21 counts involving victims between the ages of 7 and 16. He faced 33 charges in total out of which 12 were dismissed. He was also sentenced to ten years of probation and must register as a sex offender, according to CBS Boston.
A criminal complaint in 1995 accused Rose of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old child. Even though an investigation sustained the allegation, Rose continued to work as a police officer. A news report, released in July 2021, shed light on how there was not a thorough and independent investigation into Rose in 1995.
He resumed full duties after the police union threatened to sue and prosecutors said he went on to assault more children. Eventually, Rose, who served as union president from 2014 until his retirement in 2018, was arrested in August 2020 on accusations he sexually assaulted a relative for five years beginning when she was 7 years old, NBC Boston reported.
Monstrous, Monstrous Acts': Ex-Boston Police Union President Pleads Guilty to Child Rape— 🇵🇷cheslye🇺🇸 (@AlizaCortes1) April 27, 2022
Patrick Rose, 67, was sentenced to 10 to 13 years in prison, plus 10 years probation pic.twitter.com/9o11TGJ40t
Five other victims came forward in the aftermath but Rose initially denied the charges and pleaded not guilty, the station said.
During the trial Rose cried while some of his victims delivered impact statements. “I saw you for what you really are – a coward, a predator of the weak and defenseless,” one victim said. Another said Rose’s reputation was “absolutely gone.”
“All you will ever be remembered as is another creep who has nothing going for him,” the victim said. “Your job as a cop protecting people? [Well] that’s really quite ironic isn’t it?”
The former union boss apologized for his “despicable behavior” in a statement read in court.
“I want to apologize for my despicable behavior. I apologize to my former colleagues. I apologize to my former friends, but more importantly, the more important thing in my life, I apologize to my family. To those I hurt, I’m so very sorry. I have received many gifts from God in my life, they’re all called family. I was the luckiest man on the face of the earth, God blessed me with a loving wife, four beautiful, wonderful children, and seven beautiful and wonderful grandchildren. No man could ask for more and I destroyed that family,” Rose said as he addressed the court.
“Whatever happened in my life to shape who I was makes no difference. I am solely responsible for any wrong decisions that I made and any acts that I perpetrated. My heart breaks over and over.”
District Attorney Kevin Hayden then said how he hoped the guilty plea provided “some level of healing and recovery” for the victims.
FYI: Boston Mayor Michelle Wu knew about Patrick M. Rose Sr. early as ~8 YEARS AGO WHEN I TOLD HER @wutrain— Helen Zhang (@TheOnnaBugeisha) April 25, 2022
Not “molesting,” RAPE!
“Patrick M. Rose Sr., the onetime president of the city’s powerful patrolmen’s union, pleaded guilty Monday to molesting…”https://t.co/irm8ZbxXLY
“Anyone who was in that courtroom today knows the tremendous courage, fortitude, and bravery that they withstood throughout this entire horrible incident,” Hayden said in a statement. “These are monstrous, monstrous acts.”
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