Ex-police union chief faces additional child abuse charges

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BOSTON (AP) — The former head of Boston’s largest police union, charged earlier this month with sexually abusing a child, now faces additional charges after four more alleged victims stepped forward, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Patrick Rose, 66, a retired officer and the one-time president of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, pleaded not guilty at a remote arraignment Tuesday to the new charges, which include statutory rape and indecent assault and battery on a child.

A judge increased his bail to $270,000 from $250,000.

The new charges pertain to alleged abuse against two children that date to the 1990s. Two of the other new alleged victims are still children, prosecutor Audrey Mark said.

The new charges stem in part from an email Rose sent to family after his arrest in which he referred to himself as a “monster,” Mark said, describing it as a confession.

Rose’s attorney, William Keefe, said there is no reference in the email to any alleged crimes.

The statute of limitations may have a bearing on some of the new accusations.

“It’s not entirely clear that all of these cases are going to be viable going forward,” Keefe said.

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