US Secret Service agent accused of sexting with minor

Lee Robert Moore faces charges in Broward County, Delaware

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – While he was on White House duty, U.S. Secret Service officer was sexting a Delaware Child Predator Task Force undercover officer. He thought the officer was a teen. 

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."

The accused child predator faced a second case in Broward County, according to an indictment filed on Thursday. It is related to communication that lasted for about four months in 2014.

Moore admitted to investigators that he had online sexual chats with about 10 teenage girls, and said that his "absolute minimum" age was 14 years old. 

In Delaware, Moore was charged with trying to transfer obscene material to a minor, sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and providing obscene material to a minor. 

In Broward County, he was facing 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. 

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