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Former Boston police-union head admits to raping children over nearly three decades

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.

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Crimes against children should be dealt with torture. It has my vote.

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cedes any moral ground on which you can stand to judge the transgressions of others.

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Life for CSA survivors is a struggle. I am in strong agreement with harsh torture for abusers. No matter how much I hurled my 4 year old weight at my abuser, both kicking and punching, I was no match for them. These people don't deserve to share the world with us. Locking them up and throwing the key isn't enough punishment.

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You have my sympathy.

But this is why justice is best served by judges and juries. Torture is never right.

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There are some on this board that wholeheartedly disagree with you and do not care about your personal experience.

It’s quite sick, actually, how far some will go to defend child predators, even arguing with the victim themselves.

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It’s quite sick, actually, how far some will go to defend child predators, even arguing with the victim themselves.

Not agreeing with torture != defending child predators. Please don't be any more of an idiot than your nature absolutely compels you to be; it's embarrassing to watch.

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And try not being ageist.
This isn’t childish behavior. I don’t know what to call it, but most children have better sense and less need to needle people than this commenter.

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So you think telling a grown-ass adult to act their age when they fly off the handle in a ridiculous tantrum is "being ageist"? Well, we'll have to disagree about that.

(note that the term "ageist" was coined to refer to discrimination against older people, particularly in the workplace)

This isn’t childish behavior. I don’t know what to call it, but most children have better sense and less need to needle people than this commenter.

I was thinking less about the needling and more about the lack of rudimentary reasoning skills such that they see an opposition to torture as equivalent to "defend[ing] child predators", and the lack of social skills to the point that they consider it appropriate to express such a belief. Certainly not all adults develop these, but children are still in the process of developing them.

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Didn’t bother reading any further. You’re a moody needler too.

With a penchant for inciting pig piles as evidenced below.

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Clearly there's no point in trying to talk to you. BYE.

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I wrote that comment in response to this statement:

“Locking them up and throwing the key isn't enough punishment.“

Something written by someone who survived abuse, mind you.

This has nothing to do with torture. I was responding to someone else.

You continue to hurl insults.

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"Moral ground" is a poetic argument which really amounts to nothing.

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Pretty sure that’s almost a direct quote from O’Brien in “1984.” Congrats, you’re an Orwellian sociopath!

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10 years or less with good behavior is the correct punishment for this guy in your book?

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Because I’m saying abandoning our morals to justify torture makes us sociopaths, that’s your takeaway? Go away, troll.

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Then say what you really think.

What should his punishment be?

Answer the question or what I say stands.

You’re good with 10 years or less for this monster.

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You don't get to dictate to other commenters what questions they have to answer, particularly when those questions are putting thoughts in their heads and words in their mouths. As noted elsewhere, you're erecting strawmen. Please examine your style of argument; it needs work.

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Is calling someone a “sociopath!”?

I was responding to their outrage and asked a still unanswered question.

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Wait for a response to a pretty simple question. I’m not sure why you are making excuses for them.

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Answer the question or what I say stands.

Found the boss of everybody.

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Because this is not the first time someone here has attempted to be “holier than thou” in the defense of some of the worst subhuman pieces of feces to ever exist while not actually saying much of anything.

You don’t get to write some overgeneralizing statement and then defend it simply by calling someone a troll when they ask you a question.

Sorry, but that’s a weak argument.

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"abandoning our morals to justify torture makes us sociopaths" is my direct quote. I f*cking spelled it out for you, and you STILL won't get it.

This is not what "holier than thou" or "overgeneralizing" means, bud. This is a specific condemnation of internet tough guys specifically calling for state sponsored torture.

You saying that this means I'm "defending" the odious Officer Rose is a typical Qanon move, painting everyone you disagree with as pro-pedophile. Well, at least me and Tom Hanks can commiserate around the Comet Pizza basement water cooler at our next globalist meeting.

Seriously though, your accusation here is clearly dishonest and dangerous to the fabric of our society and I wish you would stop for the good of our remaining social fabric.

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that will solve this "debate," but I do wish Pete X's comment could somehow be highlighted, beyond simple acknowledgement (like my comment here) because it is precisely on target as a response to bad faith.

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not because it is unjust punishment, which is arguable, but because it damages and corrupts those who impose it and carry it out. Societies that have accepted torture as a form of punishment have also embraced it as a form of entertainment. Crime is terrible, and crimes against children are monstrous and enraging, but governments with the power and willingness to use torture as an instrument are a fearful thing. Those entrusted to use it for just purposes find more and more purposes just. The only thing standing in the way of the unconstrained power of the strong over the weak is a social commitment to restraint in the use of such power. If the guardians embrace savagery, who is there left to protect us from it?

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Well said.

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That's as cringey as a TV lawyer making closing arguments to a jury. I think it's common knowledge that convicted child abusers get roughed up by fellow inmates anyway, which makes it a moot point.

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Lock him up and throw away the key

Best I can do for you is about six months per count, apparently.

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"He returned to full duty after the police union threatened to sue, and allegedly went on to assault more children."

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"In 1995, a criminal complaint against Rose, now 66, accused him of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old child. An investigation sustained the allegation but Rose continued to work as a police officer."

Should a criminal complaint gotten the DA's office involved? I don't know how that works (or worked in the 1990s).

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I believe the victims were not going to come forward or did not go through with a SAIN interview so the DA would not have been able to have convicted him. Civil Service then goes in and protects the guys job.

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I feel like this is akin to aiding and abetting a criminal. Who knew what even as they then closed ranks around him to shield him and let him continue to abuse children?

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He just loves kids.

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This is a serious matter, and it is nothing to joke about.

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What are the odds that this disgusting skinner lets the world know what Billy Evans, Ed Davis, Willie Gross, Dan Conley and even Marty Walsh knew about his antics?

We could have another Epstein, y’all!

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You forgot to list him, but he's probably the only one you should have mentioned. He was Police Commissioner at the time of the internal affairs investigation, desk duty, and return to street patrol.

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As of Monday afternoon Boston’s top crime watch dogs don’t seem to have time to cover this particular criminal.

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I dont follow any of those accounts because you know why

1) They all have an axe to grind (either being conservative leaning or liberal leaning)
2) Its paid content (like OnlyInBOS and BostonTweet are)

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I have a vague memory of interacting with district C11 auto-investigator Pat Rose over a decade ago about stolen cars that kept getting abandoned on my street. Out of curiosity I just googled to see what he was up to around that time. While I don’t remember him being particularly useful in addressing community issues, he was a prolific writer and very combative BPPA rep, always very vocal about the fact that “Boston Police Patrolmen are woefully under paid”. For perspective the 2020’s average full-time BPD officer pay is in excess of $180k a year.

One of Rose’s famous quotes -all cap and highlighted in the article- goes like this “A SOCIETY THAT MAKES WAR WITH ITS POLICE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO MAKE PEACE WITH ITS CRIMINALS”!

Thanks Adam by the way for archiving stuff like this!
https://www.universalhub.com/images/2012/pax-march.pdf

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For 21 counts of child rape and sexual assault. One of the victims was attacked over 200 times.

I’m sorry but that is not enough of a penalty and the system continues to fail children.

“One of his victims, a relative, was just 7 when he first raped her. She was the daughter of one of his first victims,…”

And this parent failed their child. Abusers often have enablers.

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That's outrageous! I guess the judge thinks that by the time he gets out in his late 70s he'll be too old to be a menace. If so, she's wrong. My step-grandfather was that age the last time I saw him - fortunately for me, by the time he was interested my mother saw and protected me, and told me I never had to see him again.

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He should never get out. That he was a high-ranking cop is not mitigation - it's the reverse of that.

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How much extra protection a corrupt cop who is also a kiddy-diddler needs in prison.

I wouldn't be surprised if this perv doesn't make it to the end of ten years.

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I am glad I am not the one sitting on the bench of these trials, nor either the prosecutor or defense attorney. And I have no idea how I'd go about being a lawmaker when these laws and their enforcement mechanisms are decided upon. So I am grateful that there are those who handle that part of our society.

As for this case, the outcome, the punishment, whether sufficient or insufficient, I'll just leave this here:

“This was an agreed-upon case resolution to spare the victims from having to testify at trial,” said Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden. “The victims were fully on board with the plea agreement.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/04/25/metro/former-boston-police-union-...

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First did this guy experience childhood sexual abuse? This does not excuse his adult behavior but it tells us that there were people who in effect taught him child sex abuse is okay.

The adults who helped hide his criminality are also guilty of criminal conduct. They also deserve punishment for turning a blind eye. Turning a blind eye betrays and violates their solemn duty and oath as police officers and agents of the court.

Whether this guy leaves prison walking or in a coffin is a valid question. In the hierarchy of criminals child molestors are at the bottom. Add that this guy was a cop.

Do not be surprised if he dies by his own hand.

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