By Angela Wills
A sting operation being conducted by the Delaware State Police led to the arrest of a White House Secret Service officer. The criminal complaint that was recently unsealed showed that the officer was sending naked photos of himself to what he assumed was a 14 year old Delaware girl.
The complaint was filed against Lee Robert Moore in the U.S. District Court of Delaware on Thursday, November 12th. Moore turned himself in the same day as the filing.
Details of the complaint include a pattern of online conversations that occurred between 37 year old Moore and a police detective from Delaware State that posed as a 14-year old Delaware girl. Allegations indicate that Moore sent nude photos of himself to the officer and suggested a private meeting to engage in sexual activities.
After turning himself in, Moore moved to waive his Miranda rights, and cooperated by interviewing with law enforcement. During the interview, he admitted to sending messages while working at the White House, as well as admitting to transmitting messages to what he thought to be an underage girl. Moore also admitted to messaging other underage girls via mobile devices.
The Secret Service agent was brought up on charges for attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor. A charge that carries a sentence of up to 10 years.
A spokeswoman for the Secret Service stated that the first reports of the incident were made to the agency on last Friday and immediate action was taken. According to the spokeswoman, “The Secret Service takes allegations of potential criminal activity extremely seriously.”
A statement given by the spokeswoman detailed that reports of the incident went into the office of Professional Responsibility on Friday, November 6th , and on that same day the employee’s security clearance was suspended and he was placed on administrative leave. All of Moore’s Secret Service equipment was retrieved, as well as his access to any and all Secret Service families.
The undercover operation initiated August 24, when an account on Meet24 was created by a detective of the Delaware State Police. This is a messaging service that uses “Feel the taste of love” as its promo.
There were several exchanges between Moore and more than one undercover officer, who Moore assumed to be a 14 year old girl. He made lude and suggestive comments of a sexual nature such as, “May seem like a small thing in the grand scheme, but I would take immense pleasure in pulling those shorts off your hips and down your cute little legs. Be exciting to try I mean id be nervous but still be fun. Just wouldn’t want to bore u.” He then moved on to be exceedingly graphic and request sexual exchanges.
It is currently unclear if Moore has secured legal representations at this time.