Police applicant to return to Kentucky to face charges

George Hunter
The Detroit News

A man who applied for a job with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will return to Kentucky to face sexual assault charges, after waiving his right to an extradition hearing Friday.

John Wesley Rose, 25, applied in September for a police officer position with the agency, but a routine background check found he was wanted by Kentucky authorities on multiple charges, including including one count of rape; two counts of sexual abuse; and four counts of sodomy, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The warrant ... was issued in Madison County, Kentucky, in March, yet somehow the charges were not entered into a national database,” the sheriff’s office said.

During a brief hearing in Wayne Circuit Court before Judge Deborah Thomas on Friday, Rose was one of three defendants who waived their rights for extradition hearings.

Rose, who wore an olive uniform bearing the words “Wayne County Jail Prisoner” on the back, did not speak during the hearing.

After Rose submitted his job application and his alleged crimes were discovered, police duped him into returning to the sheriff’s office Tuesday, telling him he needed to complete paperwork. When he showed up, officers nabbed him without incident.

Sheriff Benny Napoleon praised the officer who flagged Rose during the background check.

“Let this be a warning to anyone attempting to get a job with the Sheriff’s Office: You will be screened thoroughly and completely in the interest of public safety — for our personnel and the citizens who interact with our jails,” Napoleon said.