Former Saratoga Springs officer defends himself on Facebook over allegations of sexual activity with teen boy

Posted at 8:45 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-01 20:37:26-04

UTAH COUNTY, Utah - A former officer with the Saratoga Springs Police Department is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a minor.

A man called police when he came home early from work and found a stranger jumping from the balcony of his home.

According to police, the stranger ran to his car, sped off and the father followed until high speeds became too dangerous.

The father spoke to his 16-year-old son and learned the teen met the man through a social media app.

Saratoga Springs Police said the man who jumped from the balcony was 46-year-old Aaron David Rosen, a former police officer with that department who had recently retired.

The teen said he and Rosen "began to engage in sexual activity" when the father came home early.

That's when he jumped from the second floor balcony and ran.

Rosen admitted to being involved with the teen but said he did not know the teen was a minor.

"That may be true, but that's not a legal defense to a crime of this nature where the victim is under age 18," said Sgt. Spencer Cannon. Utah County Sheriff's Office spokesperson.

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation at the request of Saratoga Springs Police.

“It’s always difficult when you’re considering the possibility somebody who at one time carried a public trust is accused of things like this and that’s what it is at this point, accusations,” said Cannon

Fox 13 reached out to Mr. Rosen, but did not hear back.

He posted bail two hours after his arrest.

Rosen took to Facebook to give his side of the story.

He says he was "catfished" and that the teen told him he was a 23-year-old college student who invited him over to his apartment while his roommate was at work.

Rosen vowed to fight the charge in court and thanked his friends for their support.