QUEENS — A 26-year veteran of the Troy, N.Y. police department was arrested Friday after allegedly sending sexually explicit images and messages to what he believed was a 14-year-old Queens girl, but was really an undercover NYPD detective.
Sgt. Patrick Rosney, 53, of Rensselaer, N.Y., was charged with attempted dissemination of indecent material to minors and attempted endangering the welfare of a child, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Friday.
“It is disturbing to think that a police officer would conduct himself in such a manner as to send a person whom he believed to be an underage female sexually explicit messages and webcam images of his genitals,” Brown said in a statement.
Rosney allegedly first contacted the "girl" on May 15 using the screen name JoeJazzus1@aol.com and tried to arrange an encounter for June 5, according to the district attorney's office.
Two days later he allegedly suggested they chat on Yahoo! Messenger so he could use his webcam, and then he displayed his face and genitals on video, authorities said.
If convicted, Rosney faces four years in prison.