An ex-police sergeant from upstate is likely to get five years’ probation for sending sexually explicit messages and images to an undercover NYPD detective he thought was a teenage girl, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last Friday.
Patrick Rosney, 53, was a sergeant and 26-year veteran of the Troy Police Department until he retired following his arrest in June 2012. He pleaded guilty in Queens State Supreme Court to first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor, and will be sentenced May 1. He is expected to get probation and a $5,000 fine, be forced to complete a sex offender program and register as a sex offender, Brown said.
Rosney contacted a detective pretending to be a 14-year-old girl from Queens on May 15, 2012, Brown said. He sent the detective messages saying he wanted to meet “for sexual contact” and posted images of his face and genitals, the DA said. He was arrested and freed on $30,000 bail.
“It is troubling that a person who was once sworn to protect and serve the public has admitted to prowling the internet for vulnerable young girls,” Brown said, adding that parents should monitor children’s web activity.