It took the child victim of sexual assault many years to come forward and speak about an incident that occurred in his childhood but, it is never too late. The 59-year-old man accused of committing offences against two children has been charged by the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit.

The accused operated a home daycare out of his home, managed a local hockey team and worked as a pastor in several areas including Port Colborne and Montreal.

The Dec. 14 police investigation into the historical sexual assault incidents has raised additional flags in the other communities the accused has connections to.


Richard ROSE, 59, of Port Colborne has been charged with Sexual Assault x4
and Sexual Interference- Under 16 x4

The accused has worked as a pastor in Rimbey, Alberta and Nova Scotia where he also had access to children. Local investigators there have released an image of him to prompt further victims to come forward. There was also a 2017 report filed with Niagara Regional Police regarding an incident in Port Colborne, where the accused currently resides.

The accused was arrested Dec. 20 and charged with numerous offences and is set to appear in Newmarket court Jan. 18.

If you or anybody you know is in need of support, please contact York Region Victim Services victimservices-york.org. For additional information, visit yrp.ca/en/services/resources/sexualassaultsurvivorsguide.pdf.

If you or anybody you know is in need of support, please contact York Region Victim Services victimservices-york.org. For additional information, visit yrp.ca/en/services/resources/sexualassaultsurvivorsguide.pdf.

The York Region Special Victims Unit can be reached at
1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071.

Photo Credit: Markus Spiske (featured photo), York Regional Police (Richard Rose mugshot)