Prosecutors in Winnipeg are seeking a 21-year prison sentence for a child sex predator who continued to exploit his vulnerable victims while in custody awaiting sentencing.
Kevin Rose, 44, has pleaded guilty to 19 offences involving five girls between the ages of 13 and 17 and a 22-year-old woman. The offences include multiple counts of procuring for a sexual purpose, permitting prostitution in his home, voyeurism, making child pornography and internet luring.
Court heard all five teen victims — one of whom has since committed suicide — were Indigenous, had been in the care of Child and Family Services and had been chronic runaways. Four of the five had involvement in the youth justice system.
“They were easy prey,” Crown attorney Katie Dojack told court on Tuesday. Rose, she said, “was prepared to risk the lives of vulnerable girls and women to satisfy whatever his desires might have been.”
Rose, who also continued to run a duct-cleaning business while in pre-sentence custody, targeted many of his victims through Facebook, where he portrayed himself as being free with drugs, booze, and money.
He came to police attention in November 2014 after the mother of a friend of one of his young victims reported finding “inappropriate” Facebook messages between Rose and the then 15-year-old victim.
At the time, Rose was bound by a court order not to communicate with anybody under 16, following a 2011 conviction for possession of child pornography.
Interviewed in custody at the Manitoba Youth Centre, the girl said she met Rose on Facebook and then two times in person for “trades” — sex for cash.
Targeted 13-year-old girl
Rose was in custody for breaching his no-contact order in January 2015 when police interviewed a second victim. The girl said Rose added her as a Facebook friend when she was 13. Rose told the girl he had drugs and alcohol if she wanted to visit him at his home and asked her if she “does tricks.”