Fairfax County

Daniel Rosen, State Dept. Official, Charged With Soliciting Minor

A U.S. State Department official was arrested on a charge of soliciting a minor Tuesday.

Daniel Rosen was arrested at his home in Washington, D.C., about noon Tuesday and was in custody in D.C. Tuesday night, said Fairfax County Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell.

Rosen was arrested "following a series of online exchanges'' with a detective assigned to the Fairfax County Police Department's Child Exploitation Unit, Caldwell said.

She did not release any other details of the investigation, but said the occupation listed for Rosen is "director of counterterrorism'' for the U.S. State Department.

In a statement issued Tuesday night, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the department was aware that one of its employees had been arrested and charged but "for issues related to Department personnel and for privacy reasons'' could not identify the person or the charges.

"His security clearance will be suspended and he will be put on administrative leave while this proceeds to its end through any judicial process,'' Psaki said.

Rosen is charged with one count of "use of a communications device to solicit a juvenile.''

He was ordered held without bond during a court appearance Wednesday, and was extradited to Fairfax County jail Thursday.

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