Boston firefighter facing multiple counts of child rape

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A member of the Boston Fire Department is facing multiple charges related to rape of a child and other sexual assaults.

Edward Kulik Jr., 57, of Centerville, was arraigned Wednesday morning in Barnstable District Court on three counts of rape of a child with force, three counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery of a person over 14. The charges stem from alleged incidents in 2010 and 2012.

“Stunned absolutely stunned. I had no idea," Kulik's neighbor Craig Anderson said.

Kulik was injured in 2015 and the Boston Fire Department said he has been going through the retirement process for the past several months and has not been an active firefighter for the past several months.

“The Boston Fire Department works hard to earn the trust of every Boston resident, and these allegations gravely contradict our values,” a statement from BFD said.

At the time of the alleged assaults, Kulik worked for Massachusetts MENTOR as a foster parent.

“Our preliminary information indicates that Mr. Kulik was a foster parent with our organization from approximately 2011-2013, taking short term placements as a respite provider, and that his background checks were conducted annually as required," a statement from the Massachusetts MENTOR said.

Kulik was released on bail, but ordered to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet and stay away from anyone under the age of 16.