U.S. Secret Service officer plead guilty Wednesday in federal court to sending sexually explicit photographs to a police detective who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, according to officials.
Lee Robert Moore, a Church Hill, Maryland resident plead guilty to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor, official said.
Moore, 38, was employed by the U.S. Secret Service-Uniformed Division and was assigned to the White House at the time of his arrest on Nov. 9, 2015. He remained in custody since that time. Moore has since been terminated from his Secret Service position.
He remained in custody since that time. Moore has since been terminated from his Secret Service position.
According to admissions made in connection with his plea, Moore maintained a profile on the social media application “Meet24,” which provides a mobile-based platform for exchanging digital images, as well as voice and text messages.
Delaware State Police Detectives with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force created a profile on this site, posing as a 14-year-old girl, with whom Moore engaged in a number of online chat sessions, via the “Meet24” and “Kik” mobile apps over a two-month period, including while Moore was at work, according to authorities.
A number of the online chats between Moore and the undercover officers posing as a female minor were sexual in nature and, on several occasions, Moore sent pictures of himself, including one sexually explicit image.
According to the plea documents, after his arrest, law enforcement discovered that Moore had communicated with a minor in Florida.
Moore admitted that in those communications, he sent sexually explicit images of himself and enticed the minor to send sexually explicit photos of herself as well.
Moore engaged in the same type of behavior with a 14-year-old girl in Texas and another 17-year-old girl in Missouri, according to officials.
Moore requested that his federal charges in Delaware be transferred to the Southern District of Florida so that he could plead guilty to both charges at one time.
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