Former Boston police union boss Patrick Rose described himself as a “monster,” according to prosecutors who now have filed four new sets of child sexual abuse charges against the man already accused of child rape.
Rose, the 66-year-old former president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, wiped away tears as prosecutor Audrey Mark read horrifying allegations against him from four new accusers, including charges of child rape and molestation.
Rose, a longtime Boston cop who for three years led the powerful patrolmen’s union, pleaded not guilty in West Roxbury District Court two weeks ago to aggravated rape of a child, and he continues to plead not guilty to the new charges.
He’s now accused of abusing four more children — two back in the 1990s and two who are currently children, as the first accuser is. The older counts include child rape extending over years, Mark said in the arraignment held virtually on Tuesday.
Mark, the head of Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins’ child protection unit, said the new charges included Rose raping, groping and sexually abusing children, sometimes over the course of years.
“This truly is an American tragedy,” West Roxbury District Court Judge Kathleen Coffey said. She added $20,000 to his bail on the new charges, bringing it to a total of $270,000.
Rose had originally been held on $100,000 bail, increased to $250,000 last week as more charges were in the works and the prosecution got a hold of an email Mark described as a “confession.”
Mark said that on Aug. 2, the day Rose was first confronted with the original allegations, he sent an email to his family that he was “mentally all effed up” and that he “should have left you all years ago when this started.”
“He said, ‘I know there’s not enough love in this world for you to forgive the monster I truly am,” Mark said.
Rose’s attorney, William Keefe, insisted the email isn’t a confession, saying there was no reference in it to the alleged crimes.
Keefe said Rose has little money, and he could only borrow on his house with his wife’s and daughter’s approval — which he isn’t going to get.
“They’re explicit that they’re not cooperating with him,” Keefe said.
Keefe asserted the some of the older cases might have trouble due to statutes of limitations.
“It’s not entirely clear that all of these cases are going to be viable going forward,” Keefe said.
Mark brushed that concern aside as “really not an issue,” saying each of the sets of charges has evidence of happening recently enough. Child rapes can be prosecuted up to 27 years after the fact as long as there’s corroborating evidence, she said.
Mark said that the DA’s office isn’t able to seek for Rose to be held without bail on these counts under state law, which names specific charges where that’s allowed.
“If we could, we would,” she told the judge.
Rose wept quietly behind his surgical mask, only speaking to quietly murmur that he understood what was going on.
Rose made a big splash in 2014, when he ousted the powerful longtime BPPA union president, Tommy Nee. Rose retired from the police force in 2018.
Published at Tue, 25 Aug 2020 16:41:15 +0000