BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Following the release of a redacted internal affairs report on former Boston police officer Patrick Rose, former BPD Commissioner Paul Evans said he was disappointed with the city’s response. He said the department did everything they could to hold Rose accountable.
Rose, who is also the former chief of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association, is accused of molesting multiple children. The internal affairs investigation looked into one alleged incident in 1995.
According to the report, a investigation in 1996 by the Internal Affairs Division found the complaint against Rose to be “sustained.” He was then removed from active duty.
However, a year later, Rose was returned to full duty following pushback from the police union. In a letter, a law firm representing the union requested information on why Rose had been on restricted duty for two years, and demanded his return to full duty.
In a statement, Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey called Rose’s behavior “disgusting,” and said it is “deeply unsettling and entirely unacceptable that Rose remained on the force for two decades and eventually became the president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association."
"What’s more, Rose was allowed to have contact with young victims of sexual assault during the course of his career, and we now know that he allegedly went on to assault several other children," Janey said.
A statement from former Commissioner Evans and former BPD Superintendent Ann Marie Doherty said that after learning about the allegations, the “appropriate agencies were notified, including the District Attorney’s office and the Department of Children’s Services.”
Evans and Doherty said they were disappointed that there was “absolutely no mention in the memo or the press release [from the city of Boston] that criminal complaints were sought and issued at West Roxbury District Court but that the failure of this case to go forward was due to lack of evidence to present against Patrick Rose.”
They said there was a “lack of available witness testimony.”
“We believed at the time, and we still believe, that everything that could have been done by the Boston Police Department was done in this matter to hold Rose accountable,” the statement said.
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