Former US Secret Service agent Lee Robert Moore was indicted in a Florida federal court Thursday on child porn and teen sex charges. He is being held in federal custody in Delaware on separate charges that while he was on White House duty, Moore sexted a Delaware Child Predator Task Force undercover officer, whom he believed to be a teenage girl.
Moore, who is 37, has been locked up since November, and has pleaded not guilty.
Moore told investigators he had sexually explicit online communication with about 10 teenage girls. He confessed that his "absolute minimum" age for girls was 14 years old.
The communications for which he was charged were sent via two apps: Meet24 (on which you can "flirt, chat, and meet singles) and Kik (group messaging, like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, not specifically designed for hookups).
In Delaware, Moore has been charged with attempting to transfer obscene material to a minor, sexual solicitation of a child under 18, and providing obscene material to a minor.
In Broward County, Florida, he faces charges of attempted production of child pornography, attempted receipt of child pornography and using a computer to persuade, entice or coerce a minor to engage in a sex act.
Andrea Torres, writing for the Associated Press:
The officer was posing as a 14-year-old girl on the Meet24 and the Kik chat apps, prosecutors said. Lee Robert Moore sent pictures of what appeared to be his penis, police said.
Authorities said they communicated with him for two months, while his second child was born and was experiencing a medical condition that required a significant surgery.
Moore "wanted to travel to Delaware and meet in person for sex," Detective Kevin McKay said, according to an affidavit.
The married 37-year-old U.S. Marine from Maryland lost his job. He remained in federal prison since late last year, records show. And more charges were coming his way on Thursday from Florida, as prosecutors said he sought to "sexually exploit multiple minor, teenage girls."
Related: “Secret Service officer accused of sexting on duty at White House now faces Broward sex charges” [Sun Sentinel]