(NewsGlobal.com)- Labor Secretary Marty Walsh shielded data showing the Boston police union was aware of sexual offenses perpetrated by a high official who was convicted of raping six minors this week, reports reveal.
The conviction of Patrick Rose on 21 counts of sexual assault of minors on Monday shines a focus on Walsh, who, as mayor of Boston, suppressed records revealing the police department was aware of Rose’s sexual offenses for decades. The documents, uncovered by Walsh’s successor, are detrimental to the city’s strong police union, which was managed by the now-convicted child rapist while Walsh was mayor.
The Boston Globe obtained details of a 1995 police department investigation into sexual assault charges against Rose after his arrest for child rape in 2020. Walsh argued that releasing the information would reveal the identity of Rose’s assailant. However, the city published the data months after Walsh joined the Labor Department, concealing the victim’s identity and showing that an internal police inquiry decided Rose likely sexually molested a 12-year-old male.
A complete investigation is still needed to discover who knew about Rose’s actions and why Walsh wanted to keep the documents hidden, according to Patrick Semmens, vice president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. He believes this casts doubt on Walsh’s capacity to manage union transparencies.
Walsh concealed information about more than one alleged abuser at the Boston Police Department. Walsh was aware of domestic abuse charges against former police commissioner Dennis White when the former mayor selected him for the post, according to an affidavit signed by a Boston police officer. After the claims were publicized in the Boston Globe, Walsh suspended White, although the mayor maintained he was uninformed of the allegations. The Globe requested further police documents related to White’s alleged abuse, but Walsh denied it.
Reports say Mr. Walsh postponed inquiries into White, which was revealed one day after a Senate panel voted to confirm Walsh as Labor Secretary. He was publicly accused of lying or severe ineptitude over the White scandal by then-Suffolk County district attorney Rachael Rollins (D.), who is now Biden’s U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.
The Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association fought on Rose’s behalf during the sexual assault probes, according to documents. He continued to work as a cop for more than two decades, eventually rising to the position of president of the union for three years before retiring in 2018.
After pleading guilty to 21 counts of child rape and sex abuse, Rose was sentenced to 10 to 13 years in jail and ten years of probation. His offenses date back to the 1990s.