Daniel Rosen

The Sickening Child Porn Crisis Infecting U.S. Government Agencies

Daniel Rosen, a senior State Department official arrested last month for soliciting sex online with a minor, was reportedly arrested again Sunday night in Washington, D.C., and charged with an earlier crime of voyeurism after police searched his cellphone. And he is only the latest in a long string of government employees to have been accused of crimes against children.

Public records and reports reviewed by The Daily Beast show that at least 22 current and former local, state, and federal employees have been convicted of crimes ranging from distributing child pornography to conscience-shocking acts of violence against infants. The crimes have occurred over the past decade, with many of the cases coming in the past four years. Experts say the numbers are likely far higher and may not be thoroughly documented by law enforcement agencies across the United States.

There is a veritable rogues gallery of sexual predators from the ranks of local law enforcement to the diplomatic corps. Their crimes usually involve some online component, either distributing graphic images or using text messaging and chat rooms to lure victims.

At the State Department, where Rosen worked, a senior technology project manager was arrested in 2012 and accused of 10 counts of possessing child pornography. The same year, a former special agent with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession of child porn, including some 30,000 images contained on computer equipment in his house. And in 2008, a Foreign Service Officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison for possession of child pornography and admitted to videotaping his sexual encounters with girls while working abroad as a consular officer.

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