A secret service officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, December 2, after being involved in a sexting scandal.
At the time when the alleged crimes were committed, Lee Robert Moore, aged 37, had been employed by the White House, as part of the Uniformed Division of the U.S. Secret Service.
Apparently, the accused, hailing from Church Hill, Maryland, used his mobile phone in order to access dating service Meet24, as well as the Kik instant messaging app.
That is how he came into contact with an undercover Delaware State Police detective, who was pretending to be a 14-year old girl.
The purpose of the sting, coordinated by the Delaware Child Predator Task had been to identify potential pedophiles, and impede them from committing sexual abuse on children and teenagers.
Apparently, the Secret Service employee had been targeted by detectives after they had been notified that the man had communicated with around 30 underaged girls, across a period of one year prior to this recent inquest.
Indeed, once the investigator began exchanging messages with Moore, the content of the chats became increasingly more graphic and sexually charged, law enforcement has stated.
In fact, throughout the course of the online relationship, which unfolded across a period of 2 months, it has been alleged that the defendant even sent his interlocutor several inappropriate pictures, one of them showing his genitals.
The nude photos were shared in spite of the fact that Moore had been told on several occasions that he is actually speaking to a teenage girl, law enforcement has emphasized.
Even more shockingly, according to police records, a portion of these heated conversations actually took place during working hours, as Moore was neglecting his job duties.
After these misdeeds were brought to light, the Secret Service officer was apprehended by law enforcement on November 9, and taken into custody.
As the U.S. Department of Justice has revealed, Moore’s recent indictment, pronounced today, consists of one federal charge related to his failed attempt at sending obscene material to a minor.
There are also state charges pending against him, accusing him of having offered obscene material to a person under the age of 18, and of having committed sexual solicitation against a minor.
A hearing which should have taken place today, in order to determine if the suspect would stay behind bars until the trial commences, has been postponed for now.
That is because the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia where Moore is being held in custody is currently experiencing a chickenpox outbreak.
As a result, there is no possibility for prisoners to leave its perimeter for the time being, since they might represent potential sources of infection for outsiders.
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