Former officer and head of Boston’s police union pleads guilty to 21 counts of child sexual assault

Patrick M. Rose in a 2016 Suffolk Superior Court appearance [Image credit: Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe]

Boston, Massachusetts: 67-year-old Patrick Rose appeared in court on Monday, April 25, 2022 and plead guilty to 21 counts of child rape and sexual assault that took place over a 27-year-period involving six children according to a press release published to the Suffolk County District Attorney's website.


Judge Mary Ames sentenced Rose to 10-13 years in prison with 10 years probation following his release. He will be required to register as a sex offender.


Several victims spoke at the sentencing with one addressing Rose by saying, "Your reputation? Absolutely gone. 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?"


As a part of the plea deal twelve additional charges were dismissed.


When given the opportunity to address the court, Rose did so saying, "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, seven beautiful and wonderful grandchildren. No man could ask for more and I destroyed that family.


"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."


Initially Rose had been accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old child in 1995. A report released in July 2021 determined that a sufficient independent investigation was not conducted and Rose was allowed to return to full duty after the police union threatened to sue.


It wasn't until August 2020 that allegations would once again be brought against Rose.


The first to step forward was a father and his teenage daughter who reported that she had been molested repeatedly between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. Soon thereafter, five more people came forward and by the end of the month, he was facing 16 additional charges.


Following the sentencing, District Attorney Kevin Hayden spoke to the media and expressed "hope that the plea today provides some level of healing and recovery" for the survivors. "Anyone who was in that courtroom today knows the tremendous courage, fortitude and bravery" they exemplified throughout. "These are monstrous, monstrous acts."