Former John Kerry State Department Security Official Arrested in Virginia for Child Molestation

A former State Department official who headed Secretary of State John Kerry’s personal security detail was arrested last week for the molestation of a ten or eleven year old girl between 2011 and 2013.

58-year old J. Scott Moretti was the deputy assistant secretary of state for training for the Diplomatic Security Service. The career State Department official began his tenure with the security element of the department in 1986, rising to the position of deputy assistant secretary of state in 2015.

Moretti had headed Secretary Kerry’s personal security detail from January 2013 to April 2015.

The Virginia man was arrested on Tuesday in connection to reports a woman made to the Prince William County police in September. The woman described being sexually assaulted at a home in Mannassas, Virginia by Moretti on multiple occasions between between 2011 and 2013, when she was no more than eleven years old.

After a police investigation into the matter lasting for months, the Prince William police obtained an arrest warrant for Moretti, taking him into custody and charging the Manassas man with forcible sodomy and indecent liberties with a minor.

The Prince William County Police arrest blotter describes the arrest of Moretti, who describes himself as having retired from the State Department in 2018.

Moretti’s archived State Department biography is still accessible, and details a lengthy government career that includes multiple postings to sensitive State Department facilities, such as the American embassy to Iraq.

The accused is currently being held without bond.

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