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Senior State Department Counterterrorism Director Arrested For Allegedly Soliciting Minor

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Senior State Department official Daniel Rosen was arrested for allegedly soliciting a juvenile Tuesday afternoon, a Fairfax County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman told TheBlaze.

Rosen, the State Department's director of counterterrorism, was arrested at his home for the "use of a communication device to solicit a juvenile," sheriff's spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said.

Fox News reported that the juvenile was actually a female detective posing as a minor in an operation with the Fairfax County Sheriff's Child Exploitation Unit. The unit conducted the investigation and made the arrest, Caldwell said.

The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office notified the State Department of Rosen's arrest, Caldwell said.

A State Department spokesman told TheBlaze late Tuesday that he could not comment on the ongoing situation.

Rosen was being held in D.C. jail and will be transferred to Fairfax County custody at a later time, according to sheriff's officials.

A LinkedIn page appearing to belong to Rosen says he is "responsible for all Counter Terrorism Bureau strategic planning, policy planning, program and budget planning and oversight, and legislative relations and interaction."

The page says he "oversees $300 million per year in CT programs related to Countering Violent Extremism, Antiterrorism Assistance, Counterterrorism Financing, Counterterrorism Engagement and Regional Initiatives. Manages the Office of Plans and Policy including oversight of 20+ personnel."

He also "represents the Office of the Coordinator and the US Department of State in interagency and international meetings, conferences, congressional briefings, and other fora."

This post has been updated.

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