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Secret Service Officer Indicted In Case Of ‘Sexting’

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A Secret Service officer has been indicted on charges of allegedly sending naked photographs of himself to a 14-year-old girl. This 14-year-old girl was actually an undercover police officer.

The officer, Lee Robert Moore, was indicted for one count of trying to send obscene materials to a minor. When he was arrested in November 2015, he was enlisted as a U.S. Secret Service-Uniformed Division assigned to the White House. He allegedly used the phone apps “Kik” and “Meet24.” The Delaware State Police and the Delaware Child Predator Task Force worked together to create a pretend “Meet24” profile of a 14-year-old girl named . Moore chatted with this fabricated girl on a number of occasions and allegedly sent photographs, including one which showed his penis.

According to the prosecutors, Moore occasionally engaged in these online chats while on duty at the White House. Along with the aforementioned charges, he also faces state charges of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and providing obscene material to a minor. He has remained in police custody since his arrest.

The Justice Department released a statement about the case.

A number of the online chats allegedly between Moore and the supposed female minor were sexual in nature and, on several occasions, Moore allegedly sent pictures of himself, including one depicting his penis.

Moore was expected to appear in the U.S. District Court in Delaware on December 2nd, but the hearing was postponed due to a chicken pox outbreak in the prison where he is being held. It is unknown whether or not Moore has the illness. All inmates at the prison are being held under a quarantine.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Justice Department.

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