Police: U.S. HHS employee solicits 'teen' via Craigslist, requests lewd sex acts
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) —
A director within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is accused of asking a person, who he thought to be a 15-year-old boy, to perform a variety of sex acts including urination.
On Thursday, Michael Goldrosen, 56, of Silver Spring, was formally indicted in Montgomery County Circuit Court on one count of sexual solicitation of a minor. The criminal charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison.
According to a detailed seven-page charging document obtained by ABC7, Goldrosen posted an advertisement in the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist on or about Tuesday, October 17.
Although the ad's written description is far too graphic to publish in full, Goldrosen allegedly promised to "serve" and suggested that any interested person could "bring [their] buds" to engage in the sexual encounter.
A Montgomery County detective within the department’s Vice and Intelligence Unit responded to Goldrosen's public posting. Police say the 56-year-old swiftly replied by email, stating in part, "Love to be used by younger." The email also included two photo attachments, one showing a fully naked white male.
The dialogue between Goldrosen and the undercover officer advanced to text messages within the first 24 hours. On Wednesday, October 18, at 8:41 a.m., the officer texted Goldrosen to say his name was "Jack Spicer" and further revealed that he was a minor, only 15 years old. In most ages involving adults, the age of consent in Maryland is 16.
Despite obvious red flags, Goldrosen allegedly replied, "I love ws. And like younger." Investigators clarify in court documents that “ws” stands for “water sports.”
Police say the federal government employee went on to share that he preferred to engage in oral sex, be urinated on, was "ddf" (drug and disease free) and required use of a condom during any "hook up."
On Monday, October 23 — during normal business hours — Goldrosen allegedly texted the undercover cop about how distracted and horny he was, claiming that he might need to go to the bathroom to masturbate.
On Wednesday, November 8 — three weeks after the first email exchange — Goldrosen allegedly agreed to pickup "Jack" at the Twinbrook Metro Station "Kiss and Ride" in Rockville. The meeting time was set for 4 p.m. According to police, Goldrosen planned to drive "Jack" to his apartment along 2nd Avenue in downtown Silver Spring where they would engage in sexual activity.
At 3:55 p.m., undercover vice officers witnessed Goldrosen park his 2014 Subaru in the "Kiss and Ride" lot. He was arrested without incident. When police reportedly dialed the phone number they had been texting for weeks, Goldrosen's Apple iPhone began to ring. The device was enclosed in a red case and mounted on the vehicle's dashboard.
Investigators further point out that subpoenaed cell phone records match with Goldrosen's monitored whereabouts during the length of the criminal investigation. For example, at 8:35 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, Goldrosen texted to say he was at the Planet Fitness in Rockville. Police say they drove to the gym and witnessed the 56-year-old depart the fitness center at 8:57 p.m. wearing a baseball hat, t-shirt and shorts.
Court filings list Goldrosen as the director of State/HIV Programs for the Health Resources and Services Administration's HIV/AIDS Bureau. The office is located in a mid-rise building at 5600 Fishers Lane in Rockville, less than one mile from the Twinbrook Metro Station. Court documents additionally state Goldrosen has been with the federal agency for nearly three years, earning an annual salary of $140,000.
HRSA and its HIV/AIDS Bureau fall under the greater U.S. HHS umbrella. According to the agency's own website, it is the "largest program focused exclusively on HIV/AIDS care." Its primary mission is to assist individuals living with (or impacted by) HIV/AIDS who also lack ample financial resources and/or healthcare coverage.
When asked about Goldrosen's specific job duties and current employment status, an HRSA spokesperson stated a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was required. Such filings often take a month (or longer) to process.
A voicemail recording at an HHS phone number listed online for Goldrosen currently says, "Hi. You've reached Michael Goldrosen's voicemail. He is out of the office for an extended period without access to email of voicemail."
By telephone, defense attorney Jonathan Fellner told ABC7, "Mr. Goldrosen has an exemplary career of 30 years in public service work and we intend to vigorously contest the charge against him. Once all of the facts come out, I believe he will be vindicated."
Goldrosen is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County Circuit Court on January 26 at 8:30 a.m. for a scheduling hearing. During that hearing, a judge will likely set a trial date and address other planning items.