A State Department official has been arrested after allegedly soliciting a juvenile for sex.
Daniel A. Rosen, the director of the office of programs and policy at the State Department’s bureau of counterterrorism, was charged with one count of using a communications device to solicit a juvenile, according to Fairfax police spokesman Lucy Caldwell.
Rosen, 44, was arrested in the District on Tuesday after an alleged online exchange with an officer of the Fairfax County Police Department’s child exploitation unit. Police did not provide details of the exchange.
Rosen was sent to D.C. Jail and will be extradited to Fairfax.
As the Associated Press reported, State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement issued Tuesday night that the department is aware one of its employees was arrested and charged but could not confirm who was arrested or the specific charges.
“For issues related to Department personnel and for privacy reasons, we are not able to confirm the identity of the individual or specific charges,” Psaki said, as Fox News reported. “His security clearance will be suspended and he will be put on administrative leave while this proceeds to its end through any judicial process. We are following standard procedure in this case.”
An unnamed source from the State Department’s diplomatic security office told Fox News that a search warrant was issued allowing officers to search Rosen’s phones for additional evidence.
Rosen “oversees $300 million per year in [counterterrorism] programs related to Countering Violent Extremism, Antiterrorism Assistance, Counterterrorism Financing, Counterterrorism Engagement and Regional Initiatives,” according to his LinkedIn page.
Martin Weil contributed to this report.