WASHINGTON — A former State Department official appeared in a D.C. courtroom Wednesday and admitted he secretly filmed women through their windows using his iPhone.
Daniel Rosen, 45, of D.C. pleaded guilty to six counts of voyeurism and five counts of stalking. He was arrested in March.
From 2012 through 2014, Rosen walked around Adams Morgan, Mount Pleasant and the U Street Corridor at night and peered through windows. In many cases, the blinds or curtains were shut, but he found openings and he used his phone to take videos of women in various stages of undress in their bedrooms and bathrooms.
Rosen faces up to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct.9. Until then, he will be confined to his home.
“You talk about a fall from grace, this is a guy who worked at the State Department and had a master’s degree,” said Rosen’s attorney Bernard Grimm.
Rosen was a director who led counter-terrorism programs with the State Department. He is technically on administrative leave without pay, but his security clearance was taken away and Grimm told reporters there is no chance he will get his job back.
“His life has just completely spiraled out of control,” said Grimm.
Rosen also faces a charge of soliciting a juvenile in Fairfax County.
According to prosecutors, in February Rosen tried to arrange a sexual meeting with an undercover officer who was posing as a 14-year old girl online. Rosen posted bail and was released, but he was arrested shortly after when investigators examined his phone and found the videos.
Rosen has a status hearing on the solicitation charge set for Sept. 29 in Fairfax County court.