Firefighter charged with child rape found in cell in ‘medical distress’

A Boston firefighter who was arraigned Monday on child rape and assault and battery charges was found early Wednesday in his cell at Suffolk County Jail in “medical distress,” according to the Suffolk County sheriff’s office.

A corrections officer making his rounds at the jail found Samuel Perez Rosado, 38, of West Roxbury, about 2 a.m., according to a statement from Peter Van Delft, a spokesman for Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins.

The statement did not specify Perez Rosado’s medical condition.


Corrections officers performed CPR on Rosado and summoned Boston Emergency Medical Services, which took Perez Rosado from the jail and “into emergency medical care,” according to the statement.

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Perez Rosado is accused of assaulting a child between ages 12 and 16 multiple times beginning in 2012. He was arraigned Monday in South Boston Municipal Court on charges of “rape of a child and assault and battery, reflecting his alleged sexual abuse of a child known to him,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.

He was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail and told to stay away from the victim and all witnesses, and to surrender his passport and any firearms he may possess, the statement said.

Rosado’s lawyer at arraignment, Keith Nicholson, said his client, a father of four, denies the allegations. The reported victim is not one of Rosado’s children.

Travis Andersen of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.