A Department of Justice press release has revealed that a U.S. Secret Service officer has pleaded guilty in federal court to sexting underage girls while working at the White House. The 38-year-old by the name Lee Robert Moore is a Maryland resident who pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and another count of attempting to transfer obscene content to a minor. The U.S. Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida and Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the justice Department’s Criminal Division announced his plea on Wednesday.
Moore’s was busted through an undercover sting operation that was conducted by the Delaware State Police who used media applications ‘’Meet24’’ and Kik to create fake profiles where they posed as 14-year-old girl.
The former secret service told Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley that he was aware of the implications of pleading guilty to the charges, including facing a maximum punishment of life in prison and ending his career in Law enforcement.
The Department of Justice said that the Delaware Child Predator Task Force detectives created a profile in which they posed as 14-year-old girls. Moore engaged in several online chat sessions that were sexually explicit.
Moore’s plea indicated that he used social media to chat with underage girls where he solicited them to send explicit images of themselves, he also sent them sexually explicit photos of himself while at work. At the time of the arrest, Moore was assigned to the White House.
Prosecutor Corey Steinberg said back in September that Moore began sending the inappropriate texts and messages in 2014, to a Broward County girl that had just turned 16 at the time. The prosecutor said that Moore continued communication with minors in Florida, Texas, and Missouri even after his arrest, after which he was terminated from the Secret Service office.
A press release said that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Delaware Child Predator Task Force investigate the case. The Trial Attorney Austin M. Berry of the Criminal’s Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Steinberg of the Southern District of Florida who is prosecuting the case.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood at a nationwide level where everyone is involved in fighting the epidemic of child exploitation and abuse, which was launched back in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.