Federal and state authorities charged a uniformed Secret Service officer with sending obscene images and texts to someone he thought was a young Delaware girl, sometimes sending online communications while on duty at the White House, reports the Associated Press. The person agent Lee Robert Moore, 37, thought was a 14-year-old girl was actually an undercover Delaware police officer. Moore is charged in federal court with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor. He faces a state court preliminary hearing today on two counts of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and one count of providing obscene material to a person under 18.
A federal complaint said Moore engaged in online chats while on duty, once asking the undercover officer to send him something “exciting” when he was checking IDs for building entrance and complained that “work sucks today.” Last week, Moore’s security clearance was suspended, his Secret Service-issued equipment was retrieved, his access to Secret Service facilities was terminated and he was placed on leave. Moore’s arrest is the latest embarrassment for the Secret Service, which has been plagued by scandals. In 2012, a dozen agents and officers were implicated in hiring prostitutes on a South American presidential trip. Since then, several agents have been accused of wrongdoing, and the agency management has been overhauled.