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Ex-Saratoga Springs officer accused of sexual activity with teen

Retired cop claims on social media he was 'catfished'

Aaron David Rosen, 46, of South Jordan
Aaron David Rosen, 46, of South Jordan
Utah County Sheriff

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A recently retired Saratoga Springs police officer was arrested last week after police say he had sexual contact with a 16-year-old boy.

Aaron David Rosen, 46, of South Jordan, was booked into Utah County Jail Thursday for investigation of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

No charges have been filed in connection with the allegations. Attempts to reach Rosen for comment were unsuccessful, and it was not clear if he had a lawyer.

Police were called Thursday when a father in Saratoga Springs reported he came home early from work and saw a partially clothed man jump from the home's second-story balcony, run to a car and drive away, said Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

The father relayed the license plate number and a description of the man to police, who identified the driver as Rosen. Cannon said Rosen had retired about a month ago from the department, where he was also a public information officer.

The department asked the sheriff's office to investigate the allegation to avoid a conflict of interest.

The teenager told police he had met Rosen online and began talking to him. A short time later, the boy said Rosen asked to meet in person, according to a Utah County Jail affidavit.

After Rosen arrived at the home, he touched the teen inappropriately, according to the report. Rosen began to remove his clothes and was attempting to remove the teen's clothing when the boy's father arrived, the report states.

Rosen told police he did not know the boy was 16, according to the affidavit.

On a Facebook page apparently belonging to Rosen, a news story about the incident was posted along with a message claiming he had been "catfished" by the teen. "Catfishing" is a term used for attempts to dupe someone through a false social media profile, generally for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.

In the post, Rosen said he was contacted on social media by "the guy," who claimed to be a 23-year-old college student who lived with roommates and invited Rosen over to his apartment while his roommates were at work.

Rosen wrote he was anxious to have the case tried in court, saying that messages he had saved from the teen would exonerate him.

Rosen also denied that he had admitted in the police interview to any sexual contact with the teen.

"Being LGBT is tough as it is. But trying to meet and date good people sometimes, is harder!" Rosen wrote.

The post was later deleted.

Rosen also works as DJ "Coyote McCoy" for the country radio station K-Bull 93. The company did not return calls for comment, and Rosen's profile page did not appear on K-Bull's website Tuesday.