Ex-State Dept Official Heads to Prison for Illicit ‘Peeping Tom’ Videos © AFP 2015/ BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI
02:10 05.11.2015(updated 02:17 05.11.2015) Get short URL
Former State Department counterterrorism official Daniel Rosen, 45, was sentenced to 32 months in prison Wednesday for 11 misdemeanor stalking and voyeurism charges.
In July, Rosen plead guilty to filming women inside their Washington, DC homes without their knowledge, as part of a deal with prosecutors.
“Daniel crept through alleys and up stairwells like an animal,” one victim told the judge at his sentencing. “He has made my neighborhood a hunting ground. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel safe in my home again.”
Prior to his sentencing, Rosen explained that his crimes began as his career, marriage, and health were all tanking. He apologized to his victims and told the judge that he was in counseling and was not a risk to reoffend.
For four years, Rosen took illicit videos of unsuspecting women in their homes, beginning in December 2010 and continuing through 2014. Despite the charges, his wife has stood by him, and was present in the courtroom for sentencing.
He would often return to the homes of the same women multiple times, all of whom lived nearby his own home in the Mt. Pleasant area of DC.
“I told myself for a long time I wasn’t hurting anybody,” Rosen said. “I know that’s not true.”
The videos contained images such as a topless woman engaging in a sexually explicit video chat with her boyfriend, women brushing their teeth, or taking baths.
Rosen was busted in March during an online sting by the Fairfax police, when he agreed to meet with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old. A large cache of photos and videos were found on his cellphone, which the department turned over the DC police.
One of his victims who spoke on Wednesday stated that she felt as though she was re-victimized by knowing police and attorneys had also watched the video of her that Rosen recorded.