Patrick Rose, former president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association, pleaded guilty today to raping six children over 27 years.
Suffolk Superior Court Judge Mary Ames sentenced Rose, 67, to 10 to 13 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation for the 21 counts of child rape and sexual assault, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.
One of his victims, a relative, was just 7 when he first raped her. She was the daughter of one of his first victims, who was among five others who came forward in 2020 after Rose was initially charged with raping the girl.
"I saw you for what you really are - a coward, a predator of the weak and the defenseless,” one of his victims said in court, the DA's office reports.
"Your reputation? Absolutely gone," another 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?"
BPD records show the department first learned of the allegations in 1995, when Rose was a patrolman and that while the BPD internal-affairs unit "sustained" the allegations and Rose had his gun taken away, the department never tried to fire him.
In fact, in 1997, the BPP threatened to file a grievance over his assignment to desk duty, in response to which the department reassigned Rose to active patrol duty. Over the course of his career as a patrolman, he helped investigate several child-abuse cases.
Rose was elected union president in 2014, ousting Thomas Nee, who himself faced criminal charges, although for overtime abuse at the troubled BPD warehouse in Hyde Park.