Man arrested on sex charges after applying to work as jail deputy

A Kentucky man accused of a long list of sex crimes tried to apply for a job with the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department put out the help wanted sign, never imagining a guy wanted for a slew of sex crimes would apply for the job.

"Obviously this person said I'm going to apply for a job," said Paula Bridges of the sheriff's department. "I don't know why you would do that based on his background."

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department was just as shocked as anyone else when it discovered 25-year-old John Wesley Rose, who was wanted for several sex crimes including rape, sodomy and sex abuse involving a 14 year old girl, applied for a job as a jail deputy.

The alleged crimes happened in Madison County Kentucky, Rose moved to Detroit before authorities were able to sign the warrants and nab their guy.

Rose met a 23-year woman and FOX 2 discovered moved in with her parents who had no idea about Rose's alleged past.

"All I heard was that it was something related to Madison County, Kentucky," said Charlotte, the mother of  Rose's girlfriend.

FOX 2: "He was wanted for several sex crimes there."

"Oh no, I don't know," Charlotte said.

FOX 2: "Involving a 14-year-old."

"I don't know anything about it, I swear to God," Charlotte said.

For some reason, Rose's warrant for his arrest didn't make it in the national data base. A Wayne County investigator vetting him for the deputy position saw some red flags and made the discovery.

He immediately called authorities in Madison County Kentucky.

"Somebody came down the hallway and said there is a guy up north who applied for job up there and we have warrants for him down here and I thought well, whoop-dee-doo," said Capt. Sam Manley. "You know criminals, they can't keep quiet. That just befuddled me."

"This is probably the easiest arrest we've been able to make from a dangerous person," said Michael Turner of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department.

Turner, the Wayne County's Sheriff's Department chief, says Rose didn't see it coming and thought he had a chance at the job right up until the end.

"We contacted him and said we've been looking at your application," Turner said. "We need you to come in take one final test and we'll be happy to hire you.

"He practically ran down here, walked right in and we very quickly put the handcuffs on him."

"How do we know other victims aren't out there," Bridges said. "We are hoping based on your report that more people will come forward."

Rose is in the Wayne County Jail.

The warrants were issued in March and the police officer moved to the sheriff's department for a new job. The case was delayed in getting reassigned and then eventually entered into the data base.


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