Friday afternoon, a member of the President’s Secret Service detail was charged with sending obscene images and texts online, and trying to solicit what he believed was a 14 year old young woman who was in reality an undercover investigator. This is the latest embarrassment for the agency charged with protecting the President and his family. Lee Robert Moore, 37, of Church Hill, Maryland, appeared Friday morning in Delaware on state charges of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and providing obscene material to a person under 18. He is charged separately in federal court with the attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. During that hearing the accused was turned over to federal officials to be charged. Some of those communications allegedly took place while he was on the job at the White House
According to the agency, Moore had explicit conversations involving sex and sexual experiences with the detective, believing he was speaking to a minor. Continuing the affidavit stated that Moore reached out in August to what he thought was a 14-year-old girl on the social media application “Meet24.” They subsequently agreed to communicate using the social media app “Kik,” which allows the exchange of images and videos. The affidavit, as well as the federal complaint, goes on to describe graphic communications that Moore allegedly had with undercover officers, including sending a picture of his erect penis. Detective Kevin McKay said in his affidavit that Moore also allegedly stated” he wanted to travel to Delaware and meet in person for sex. Moore made it clear that he knew I was a 14 year old girl.”
In a statement issued yesterday, a Secret Service spokeswoman said, “The Secret Service takes allegations of possible criminal activity extremely seriously. This incident was reported to our Office of Professional Responsibility on Friday, November 6th. On that same date, the employee’s security clearance was suspended and the employee was placed on administrative leave. All Secret Service issued equipment was retrieved and the employee’s access to all Secret Service facilities was terminated.”
Patrick McCall, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, told of how Moore stated that he “had a sexual interest in 14 year-old females and had engaged such individuals in online chats about sexual matters.” Moore turned himself in to the Maryland State Police Barracks on Monday after a criminal complaint was filed earlier that day. He then admitted to sending sexual messages and pictures to the undercover officer, as well as messaging many other teenage women, sometimes when he was on duty. Moore faces up to 10 years in prison after being charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.