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State Department official charged with soliciting minor

Associated Press

Washington — A U.S. State Department official was set to appear in court Wednesday following his arrest in Washington, D.C., on a charge of soliciting a minor.

Daniel Rosen was arrested at his Washington home around noon Tuesday, said Lucy Caldwell, a spokeswoman with the Fairfax County Police Department in northern Virginia.

Rosen, 44, was in custody with the D.C. Department of Corrections and was set for an arraignment and initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon.

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. He was charged with one count of using of a communications device to solicit a juvenile.

Caldwell did not release any other details of the investigation. She said Rosen would be extradited to Fairfax County jail within the next 10 days.

Caldwell 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.