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Former fire chief charged again

John Rose, pictured here in January at the Edgartown District Court, faced additional charges. —Dena Porter

Former Oak Bluffs Fire Chief John Rose is charged with two new counts of attempted felony murder.

Rose was accused of attempting to take photographs, videos or “electronic surveillance” of “nude or partially nude persons” and of attempting to pose or exhibit a “child in a state of nudity or sexual activity.”

The complaint was filed on June 28. Rose is scheduled to appear in Edgartown District Court next month.

According to court documents, the crimes occurred in Oak Bluffs in December 2023. In describing the charges, court documents allege that the suspect “planted a hidden camera” but “was unable to commit such a crime, or was intercepted and prevented from committing such a crime.”

The Massachusetts State Police were investigation into former chief who allegedly secretly filmed childHe was arrested in January for allegedly filming a nude adult without his knowledge.

Rose is due to appear in court on August 8, the day of the third preliminary hearing in the case in which he filmed a naked person without their knowledge.

Rose was not immediately available for comment.

The Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office, which charged Rose in January of this year, declined to comment on the new charges. Rose was arrested that month at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Rose served as chief of the Oak Bluffs Fire Department from 2014 to 2020. He resigned of the city in the middle of a complaint of sexual harassment which cost Oak Bluffs $97,500. During his tenure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also investigated the department for overbilling the federal government from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for off-island ambulance rides.

Rose later joined the West Tisbury Fire Department in 2022 as a firefighter, but he was suspended indefinitely in December 2023, when a restraining order was issued against him by the Edgartown District Court.

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