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Boston firefighter, foster parent charged with child rape
BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A lieutenant with the Boston Fire Department appeared in court Wednesday to face charges related to the rape of a child.
Edward Kulik Jr., a Centerville resident, was arraigned on three counts of rape of a child with force, three counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older, according to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office.
A clerk said the police report in the case is impounded by the court. A criminal complaint, which lists the charges, identifies the date of the offense as January 13, 2010.
Sources told NewsCenter 5 the allegations involve a child that Kulik knew for several years prior to the assaults. Several sexual assaults occurred over the course of a few years, until the victim told him to stop.
The victim eventually became concerned about the potential for other victims, and reported the incidents to police, sources said.
WCVB has confirmed Kulick was a licensed foster parent with the Massachusetts Mentor organization in Hyannis from 2011-2013. Sources say he also mentored other children on the Cape.
The Boston Fire Department confirmed that Kulik is a firefighter. City payroll records list him as a lieutenant.
Kulik posted $3,500 bail, the clerk confirmed. Conditions of his bail include that he will be required to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from anyone under age 16, schools, a mentoring program and the victim.
He is next scheduled to appear in court on April 24.
If convicted, Kulik would be required to register as a sex offender.
Statement from the Boston Fire Department:
"The Boston Fire Department works hard to earn the trust of every Boston resident, and these allegations gravely contradict our values.
"Edward Kulik has been going through the retirement process for the past several months and has not been an active firefighter on the BFD.
"These disturbing, serious allegations warrant our full attention and the Boston Fire Department will monitor and take swift appropriate action if and when it's necessary."