Ex-Diplomatic Security Deputy Assistant Secretary John Scott Moretti Arrested in Virginia

On May 6, Prince William County Police Department published a summary of the arrest of Scott Moretti by Virginia State Police. He was charged with indecent liberties and forcible sodomy and currently held without bond. 

On May 5, detectives with the Special Victims Unit concluded an investigation into a sexual assault that was reported to have occurred at a residence in the Manassas (20112) area of Prince William County between November 2011 and November 2013. The investigation revealed that the female victim, who was between 10-11 years of age at the time of the offenses, was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance, identified as the accused, on more than one occasion during the above time frame. The victim reported the incidents to police in September 2019. On May 5, 2020, following the investigation, detectives obtained arrest warrants for the accused, identified as John Scott MORETTI, who was arrested later that day by Virginia State Police.

Arrested on May 5:
John Scott MORETTI, 58, of 13162 Cuyahoga Ct. in Manassas
Court Date: Pending | Bond: Held WITHOUT Bond
From 2015 to at least 2017, as best we could tell, Mr. Moretti was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. We don’t know when he exactly retired but he was the DAS for the DSS Training Directorate in August 2017 based on a DS official release. When the DS bureau got a new assistant secretary in November 2017, Moretti was also listed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary/Assistant Director for Training. That position oversees the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Offices of Antiterrorism Assistance, Training and Performance Support, and Mobile Security Deployments.
Moretti was promoted in 2016 to the rank of Counselor, a member of the Senior Foreign Service. According to his archived bio, from 2013-2015, he was also the Special Agent-in-Charge of the secretary of state’s security detail. He previously worked in Baghdad, Kabul, and the Washington Field Office. Archived bio does not list all his previous assignments in the Foreign Service or domestic field offices.
We have yet to locate the court documents for this case. Note that a criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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