WINCHENDON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A former Winchendon police officer is facing larceny charges for taking over $6,000 from the Winchendon Police Association account, while he was the president, according to the treasurer.
The officer, Martin Rose, apparently ran into hard times at home and borrowed money from the association. He used the money for oil, groceries and other necessities for his seven children.
"I wasn't thinking, there's plenty of alternatives I could have used. Pride and ego got in the way. You're a police officer, you're supposed to solve problems, you're not supposed to have them yourself," he said.
He said he was told if he resigned and paid the money back, it would be done. He resigned from his position as a patrol officer on Aug. 27 and said he overpaid the money back, but was still summonsed to court for larceny over $250.
"I screwed up. I brought discredit among police everywhere, police officers in Winchendon, the town of Winchendon themselves, the taxpayers, myself, my family, and I do apologize to all of them," he said.
Rose was a police officer for 14 years; he was a sexual assault detective and a school resource officer.
"I love my job, love helping people," he said. "I help people at the expense of myself that's just the kind of guy I am. I have a big heart, I'm a good person. I screwed up."
Rose will appear in court on Dec. 4.