A senior official from the U.S. Department of State was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor, reports said. Daniel Rosen, who was in charge of federal counterterrorism programs, was arrested from his house in Washington, D.C. at noon, and was transported to a local jail Tuesday.
Rosen was charged with one count of use of a communications device to solicit a juvenile, according to Fox News, which added that it was not clear whether he was still incarcerated or had posted bail. The detective, a female officer working at the Child Exploitation Unit in Fairfax County in the state of Virginia, reportedly posed as the minor in online exchanges with the 44-year-old Rosen.
"We are aware that a State Department employee has been arrested and charges have been issued. For issues related to Department personnel and for privacy reasons, we are not able to confirm the identity of the individual or specific charges,” Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the state department, said, according to Fox News, late Tuesday. "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," she reportedly said.
While a report from the Los Angeles Times said that it was not clear if police officials served any search warrants to Rosen’s home or workplace, a Fox News report, citing sources, said that law enforcement officers were "hitting [Rosen's] phones."
According to Rosen’s LinkedIn profile, he attended the University of California from 1988 to 1993 and earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a focus on the Middle East. He also received a law degree from Tufts University in 1997.