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Level 3 sex offender charged with trying to entice Winthrop teen

A Level 3 sex offender allegedly provided marijuana and alcohol to a 15-year-old Winthrop boy while trying to lure the child into engaging in sexual activity, officials said Friday.

Thomas Vincent Rose was arrested by Winthrop police Thursday night on a single count of enticement of a child -- and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said investigators are checking to see if there are other potential victims.

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In a joint statement, Conley and Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty said that authorities learned of Rose’s alleged efforts when the teenager reported the actions to an adult who, in turn, contacted police. The relationship between the adult and the teenager was not identified by authorities.

“If you suspect abuse, you don’t have to push them for answers,’’ Conley said in a statement. “Parenting is a tough enough job without being a forensic interviewer, too. We don’t want children feeling pressure to disclose abuse. We want them to feel comfortable telling the truth, even if it seems scary or embarrassing to them at first.”

Rose was arraigned in East Boston Municipal Court where bail was set at $50,000 cash, according to prosecutors. He was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet if he is released and have no contact with witnesses in the case.

Prosecutors said Rose has previous convictions for rape and assault with intent to rape and that he is a Level 3 sex offender.

Rose allegedly “made advances’’ on the child and also provided him with marijuana and alcohol “and had sought to engage in sexual activity,” authorities said.

Prosecutors asked anyone who is concerned that Rose had contact with children they know to contact the district attorney’s Child Protection Unit at 617-619-4300.

Rose is due back in court Aug. 8.

John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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