On Friday, a 26-year veteran of the Troy police force was arrested for having sexually suggestive internet chats with an undercover NYPD officer he thought was a 14-year-old girl.  Sgt. Pat Rosney was detained and charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as disseminating indecent material to a minor.

The arrest was swift, with the NYPD citing safety concerns for their undercover officers as well as the public.  Rosney had allegedly also arranged to meet the faux 14-year-old in a public place, and those involved in the case had concerns that this particular suspect could and would be armed.

On Saturday, the veteran officer was released on $30,000 bail and is due in court again on June 15th.

Details of the depostion have been provided by the Times Union:

In his deposition, Ryan stated that at 3:35 p.m. on May 15, he received a message from an email address which he later traced to Rosney at his East Greenbush home

“The defendant asked what I looked like,” Ryan stated.

Ryan responded that he was a 14-year-old girl who lived in Queens, and “Within 15 minutes of initiating the instant message conversation, (the defendant) wrote: ‘Ever been with an older guy? LOL …What have you done with guys.’ The defendant wrote that he wanted to meet to have sex.”

The Internet conversations, most of them too lurid for publication in the newspaper, allegedly continued on May 17 when, according to Ryan, Rosney allegedly messaged “wanna look at my cam.”

Five hours later, Ryan stated, he received an image of Rosney.

“I was able to see his face as well as his penis,” Ryan wrote. “He was wearing a ‘Crabby Dicks’ T-shirt (a Delaware seafood restaurant) and blue pajama pants.”

The sexually explicit comments continued, and Rosney then set up a meeting for Tuesday, June 5, according to records. Police have not revealed where that meeting was to take place.

According to the deposition, Rosney’s messages were sent from his private computer.

Seeing a trusted member of the local police can be a shock to the system, and the community of Troy is currently struggling with trust issues involving individuals in authoritarian positions.  There has been the famous voter fraud case, a recent plan in which police officers would be given the power to enter a vehicle if they identify valuable items, and several shootings which have people questioning the power of the police force to provide a reasonable level of safety.

Obviously, Rosney’s actions do not represent the whole of the police unit.  But they are concerning nonetheless.

For a city struggling to find comfort, this adds more apprehension to an already nervous public.

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