Former Senior State Department official pleads guilty in online sex sting

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Photo source: Fairfax County Police / NBC Washington

A former senior State Department official working on counterterrorism was convicted Monday of soliciting a detective posing online as a 14-year-old girl, a Fairfax County prosecutor said.

Daniel Rosen, 46, of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors following the 2014 sting staged by Fairfax (Virginia) County police, said Fairfax Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jessica L. Greis-Edwardson. Rosen will be required to serve a mandatory five-year sentence, but a judge will determine the amount of time suspended and on probation.

The conviction follows another in summer 2015, in which Rosen was found guilty of peeping and recording videos of more than two dozen women in their D.C. homes. By day, Rosen worked a high-powered federal government job, but by night he crept around the back alleys of D.C.’s Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods, filming women under the guise of walking his dog.

The charges in that case stemmed from the Fairfax County case. In November 2014, Rosen responded to an ad on a website that was posted by a Fairfax County detective, according to a search warrant. In a message, Rosen described himself as a “sane and clean” 40-year-old and asked whether the detective was into older men. The detective responded that she was a 14-year-old girl.

After Rosen’s arrest in the Fairfax case, detectives discovered a trove of videos taken during his peeping outings in D.C.

(c) 2016, The Washington Post ยท Justin Jouvenal

Photo source:  Fairfax County Police / NBC Washington
Photo source: Fairfax County Police / NBC Washington

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