Marty Walsh, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, protected records showing that the Boston Police Union knew about a Boston Mayor’s history of child sexual abuse.
Patrick Rose, the former president of Boston’s police union, pleaded guilty on Monday to 21 counts of child rape. Walsh’s successor as mayor has released records showing that Rose was the subject of an internal police investigation after Rose allegedly sexually assaulted 12-year-old boy.
Walsh refused to release records from a 1995 police investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Rose, following Rose’s 2020 child rape arrest.
Walsh’s successor, however, removed the victim’s name from the records. According to the records, the internal investigation by the police found that Rose had likely sexually assaulted the boy. Also, the documents revealed that Rose was recommended to be removed from desk duty by the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association as well as the Boston Police Union following the 1995 investigation into Rose’s sexual assault.
Rose continued to serve as an officer despite the conclusion of the investigation until his retirement in 2018. Rose was even the president of the police union between 2014 and 2017.
Rose was convicted and sentenced to 10-13 year imprisonment and ten-year probation.
Walsh withheld information regarding domestic abuse allegations against Dennis White, former police commissioner. The Washington Free Beacon reported in an affidavit, that a Boston officer testified that Walsh knew of White’s domestic abuse allegations when he appointed White as the city’s police chief.
Walsh eventually suspended White following the Boston Globe’s report on the allegations against him. Walsh suspended White after he claimed that he was unaware of the allegations.
Walsh again refused to release White’s alleged abusive records, even though the Boston Globe asked for them. Walsh reportedly delayed an investigation into White’s alleged abuse records while the U.S. Senate was considering his confirmation as Labor Secretary.