Lee Robert Moore, an ex-Secret Service officer, has been arrested for allegedly sending lewd text messages to underage age girls while on duty at the White House. Moore, 38, has been moved from Delaware to Broward County to face federal child pornography charges.
Moore was moved to South Florida because he allegedly attempted to lure a girl from Broward County into sexual activity. He faces several federal charges including attempted receipt of child pornography, attempted production of child pornography, and using a computer to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity. Moore is being held without bond at Palm Beach County Jail.
According to the criminal complaint, Moore faces related federal charges in Delaware where he has been under arrest since November. He agreed to go to Florida to face the most serious child pornography allegations before dealing with the federal case pending against him in Delaware.
During his first-appearance court session in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, federal prosecutors said Moore purportedly used his phone to sexually exploit several underage girls while he was on duty at the White House, literally yards away from the President of the United States, the First Family, and senior administration officials he was supposed to protect.
Moore, who is married with children, allegedly engaged in online sex chats with two undercover agents and at least two minors while he was supposed to be working. Investigators claim Moore once asked an undercover agent masquerading as an underage girl to send him something “exciting” because he was bored of checking IDs for people entering the White House complex. Moore also allegedly sent explicit pictures of his genitals to the undercover agents.
According to court records, Moore destroyed all digital evidence of his misconduct as soon as he found out he was under investigation. He was reportedly tipped off when officials from the Secret Service suspended him before his arrest. U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Brannon ordered Moore to be locked up pending the outcome of both federal cases. The press did not say whether any trial dates have been scheduled.