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Ex-Boston police union chief who CRIES in court as he’s caged for 13 years for crimes against seven- to 16-year-olds

Ex-Boston police union chief who CRIES in court as he’s caged for 13 years for crimes against seven- to 16-year-olds

  • Patrick Rose Sr., 67, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of child rape and sexual assault that occurred over a 27-year period, involving victims ranging in age from 7 to 16
  • On Monday, the ex-Boston police union chief was sentenced to up to 13 years
  • Rose had previously denied the charges but reached a plea deal 
  • He wept in court as he listened to some of his victims deliver impact statements
  • ‘I saw you for what you really are — a coward, a predator of the weak’
  • Another victim said Rose has lost his reputation as a protector
  • Rose expressed remorse in a statement he read in court on Monday

A former Boston police union chief wept in court Monday as child rape victims tore into him after the disgraced cop admitted to raping and sexually abusing several children over the span of nearly three decades.

Ex-Police Patrolmen’s Association boss Patrick Rose, 67, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of child rape and sexual assault that occurred over a 27-year period, involving victims ranging in age from 7 to 16, prosecutors said.

The former cop sat in court and cried as he listened to some of his victims deliver impact statements before he was sentenced to up to 13 years in prison.

‘I saw you for what you really are — a coward, a predator of the weak and the defenseless,’ the victim said in court.

Another victim said Rose has lost his reputation as a protector.

‘Your reputation? Absolutely gone,’ the victim said. ”All you will ever be remembered as is another creep who has nothing going for him. Your job as a cop protecting people? [Well] that’s really quite ironic isn’t it?’

Rose had first faced child sexual abuse allegations in the mid-1990s, but criminal charges were dropped.

However, Rose was allowed to remain on the force for years despite sufficient evidence found by internal investigators supporting allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor, according to documents released by the city last year.

Patrick Rose, 67, broke down and wept in court Monday as some of his victims delivered impact statements, calling him a coward and a creep

Rose covered his face in court when he was arraigned in 2020. On Monday, he plead guilty to 21 counts of child rape and sexual assault that occurred over a 27 years.

Rose had first faced child sexual abuse allegations in the mid-1990s. Yet, he was allowed to keep his badge for 20 years and elected as president of Boston Police Patrolman’s Association

Rose had been relieved of his weapon and placed on administrative duty, but was returned to full duty after an attorney for the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association wrote to the commissioner in 1997 and threatened to file a grievance, according to the documents, obtained by NBC Boston. 

He was then elected president of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association in 2014 and served until he retired in 2018.

Rose was charged in August 2020 with sexually abusing a 7-year-old female relative, who, now a teenager, had told police the abuse continued for five years until she turned 12.

The victim told police that Rose allegedly touched her inappropriately and asked her to perform sexual acts on him in his West Roxbury home. Several more people then came forward alleging they were abused by Rose.

He was ultimately charged with 33 counts of sexual abuse of six children.

Rose had previously denied the charges but reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

In court on Monday, Rose listened as some of his victims delivered impact statements, calling him a coward and a creep

Documents released last year of a 1996 internal police department probe showed that top officials concluded Rose likely sexually abused a child yet he continued to patrol in Dorchester and interact with children and sex-abuse victims, masslive.com reported.

Then-Police Commissioner Paul Evans and internal investigations chief Ann Marie Doherty released a joint statement in April 2021 defending their actions, saying that they were unable to discipline Rose because they did not have a witness or other evidence, the Globe reported.

‘We believed at the time, and we still believe, that everything that could be done by the Boston Police Department was done in this matter to hold Rose accountable,’ the statement read.

Rose, who was Union President of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association at the time,  testifies during a hearing in 2016 over the issue of body cameras for Boston police officers

On Monday, Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden praised the courage of the victims and said he hoped the plea brings a measure of healing.

‘Anyone who was in that courtroom today knows the tremendous courage, fortitude and bravery that they withstood throughout this entire horrible incident. These are monstrous, monstrous acts,’ he said outside of court.

Following the impact statements, Rose expressed remorse in a statement he read in court.

‘I want to apologize for my despicable behavior,’ he said. ‘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.’

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