Whitesburg KY

Father tells how 15-year-old daughter started using meth

The father of a 15-year-old girl who police say was shot up in the neck with methamphetamine said his daughter met the man accused of doing it through online chat less than two months after she got a cell phone for the first time.

The age of the man involved, Homer Rose IV, was incorrect in last week’s Mountain Eagle. He is 19.

The father, who The Mountain Eagle is not identifying because of the age of his daughter, said his wife died several years ago and he has raised his two girls and his son by himself. A former police officer, he said he never let them have phones until this past Christmas.

His daughter downloaded Snap- Chat, an instant messaging service that lets the sender send messages to automatically delete after a set period of time, without him knowing it. That, the father said, is how the problems began.

She ran away from home February 8, he said, to meet with Rose.

Rose was arrested that same day for second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, custodial interference, sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a minor. The father said he insisted that she have a rape kit and a drug test run at the hospital emergency room. She tested positive for methamphetamine.

Rose was released on a surety bond the next day before the results came back.

“He hadn’t got off the courthouse property till he started calling and texting,” the father said.

The father says more than 200 messages were sent. He went to County Attorney Jamie Hatton to get Rose’s bond revoked, but said Hatton told him to “just let this go.”

Hatton said this week that he didn’t recall ever meeting the man, but after looking at the case file said he did remember him coming in, but did not remember being told about Rose contacting girl.

“I would have charged him with intimidating a witness,” Hatton said.

When told the father said he told him to “let this go,” Hatton said, “I don’t recall that.”

Hatton said he might have said the amount of bond is up to the judge, but did not believe he would have said anything about letting it go. Rose was returned to jail and his bond increased after a pre-trial hearing February 15, when a video the father found on the phone was shown in court. A citation issued by Kentucky State Police Trooper Anthony Trotter in Letcher District Court that day says the video shows Rose sticking a needle in the girl’s neck and injecting her with a substance she said was meth. She also tested positive for methamphetamine, the citation said. The citation added the charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense.

The father had been afraid the bond had been lowered after a mistake at the jail listed it as being much lower than the court file. Hatton, however, said the bond had not been lower and was set at $50,000 cash.

“The guy’s in jail, he’s going to be locked up for a long time,” Hatton said.

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