State Dept. official Daniel Rosen charged with soliciting minor

U.S. State Department official Daniel Rosen Photo via Facebook
U.S. State Department official Daniel Rosen
Photo via Facebook

Senior U.S. State Department official Daniel Rosen, 44, was arrested by Fairfax County police at his Washington, D.C. residence on Tuesday afternoon on one charge of using a communications device to solicit a juvenile, according to the Fairfax County Police Department news blog.

The charge put forward by Fairfax County Child Exploitation Unit detectives stems from an online investigation of exchanges Rosen allegedly had with a detective posing as a female minor.

Rosen is being held without bond in the D.C. jail and will be extradited to the Fairfax County Adult Detention within the next 10 days, according to the Fairfax County police blog post. March 3 is the first hearing in D.C. Superior Court. If found guilty, Rosen could face up to 30 years in prison under Virginia law.

According to his LinkedIn page, Rosen has been director of counterterrorism programs and policy at the U.S. Department of State since August 2008. Before that, he was head of plans and programs for nine years at Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University. Rosen received a bachelor’s degree in 1993 from University of California, Los Angeles in International Affairs with an emphasis on the Middle East and in 1997 graduated from Tufts University – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a degree in International Security.

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Rosen’s security clearance will be suspended and that he will be put on administrative leave until judicial proceedings conclude.

Rosen spoke at a 2012 terrorism review seminar hosted by The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ International Center for Terrorism Studies. The event, which took place at the National Press Club, featured Rosen discussing counterterrorism efforts at the State Department.

He said it was a top priority for State’s counterterrorism program to focus on radicalization and recruitment at the “hyper-local level.” Rosen added that they were working on “micro-level strategies” that provide alternatives to communities at risk of recruitment.

“Attitudes are one thing,” said Rosen. “But I’m talking about communities that are at risk of recruitment. People that are at risk of recruitment. Mostly young people.”

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