Camas man accused of raping foster child

Records allege abuse occurred in home of accused’s mother

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By Jerzy Shedlock, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

Published: August 7, 2018, 5:54 PM

A 30-year-old Camas man stands accused of raping a foster child at his mother’s home years ago, the same household where his older brother carried out similar abuse of another victim.

Kevin John Rose faces two counts of first-degree rape of a child.

He appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday after receiving a criminal summons. Judge Daniel Stahnke allowed Rose to remain out of custody on supervised release, and imposed a number of conditions, which include having no contact with the alleged victim.

Defense attorney Jacy Thayer spoke on behalf of Rose, but said she hasn’t been retained to represent him.

The next hearing in the case was set for Aug. 21.

The alleged sexual abuse happened between 2001 and 2004, when Rose was about 16 years old, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Detectives interviewed the alleged victim at the Camas Police Department on Feb. 27. She said that when she was a young girl, Rose had abused her multiple times a week over the course of about three years, ending sometime in 2003, according to the affidavit.

“The abuse continued until (the victim) was under emergency removal from the home. It was discovered Kevin’s older brother, Shawn Rose, was sexually abusing another foster child in the household and was arrested, causing (her) and the other foster child’s removal,” the affidavit says.

Court records show Shawn Ian Rose, now 41, was charged with second-degree rape of a child in November 2000. Marcia Rose, the mother of both men, kicked Shawn Rose out of the home when she discovered the abuse, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Shawn Rose pleaded guilty about seven months later. He was sentenced to six months in jail.

When he was released, Shawn Rose violated his probation conditions by having sex with the same girl, who was reportedly younger than 14 at the time. As a result, he was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison, records say.

The Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families sent two statements in response to questions about the Rose foster home, such as whether the home was properly vetted before children were placed there.

Spokeswoman Debra Johnson said all foster homes undergo comprehensive background checks. Caregivers would not be licensed unless they pass that background check. Other people in the home ages 16 and older also must pass the same check, Johnson said.

“Any time the department receives an allegation that a child in a licensed home or facility has been abused or neglected, a (Child Protective Services) investigation is initiated. If there is an allegation that a crime was committed, the department collaborates with law enforcement, and law enforcement usually takes the lead in the investigation,” she said.

The department would continually assess whether children are safe in the home, including interviewing any child victims or witnesses, and may take action to remove children if they are not safe, Johnson added.

Police interviewed Kevin Rose on May 30. He said he believed the alleged victim had a history of sexual abuse based on her behavior as a young child, claiming she once grabbed his genitals. Kevin eventually asked the detective if he should see a lawyer, and the interview ended, according to the affidavit in his case.

Marcia Rose was interviewed at her Camas home about two weeks later, according to the affidavit. She also said the girl had displayed “sexual behavior” and then decided to end her interview.

The alleged victim’s subsequent foster parents enrolled her into counseling, but she never reported any abuse to the counselor. The alleged abuse was discovered when she was 11, when she wrote about it in a journal, according to the affidavit.