BOSTON (TBEN) – Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey responds to criticism after she released redacted files on a former police officer accused of child sex abuse.
“It wouldn’t happen under my watch,” Janey said. She was speaking about disturbing new information showing that Patrick Rose had kept his job for decades after being accused of sexually assaulting a child.
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Rose had a long career in the police force and even became head of the Boston Police Union. He now faces 33 counts involving half a dozen alleged victims.
“Unfortunately, the public files apparently reveal that it was more important to protect one of their own than to protect the children,” Mayor Janey said at a press conference Thursday. She gives the lawyer for the new Police Accountability and Transparency Office 45 days to review how internal police investigations like this are conducted. “What’s important moving forward is that we understand the process and how it could have been.”
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Documents just released at Janey’s request show a 1995 criminal complaint alleging then-agent Rose assaulted a 12-year-old and internal affairs found sufficient evidence to substantiate it . Yet he stayed at work.
The Boston Police Commissioner at the time was Paul Evans, who issued a joint statement this week with his former superintendent.
“The inability to present testimony or other admissible evidence resulted in the inability of the Boston Police Department to conduct a disciplinary hearing,” he said. Without testimony from the victim, they say they did all they could.
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“We will not revictimize the survivors in this case,” Janey said. “It’s not about pointing fingers. It’s about understanding what happened in the process. “