A former Washington assigned Secret Service agent has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after being caught in an online pedophile sting operation sending sexually explicit photos to underage girls.
According to court documents, 38-year-old Lee Robert Moore was on duty at the White House when he sent images of his erect penis to a 14-year-old Delaware girl.
After being caught, Moore admitted to officers that he wanted to have sex with minors, and also confirmed that he had used online dating apps to talk dirty with underage girls before.
Police said the online chats with the Delaware teen occurred in late August 2015 on the social media app Meet24, a messaging service that lets users “feel the taste of love.” The conversations then moved to the messaging service Kik, where the naked pictures were sent.
Moore was also accused of requesting to meet the alleged teen in person to have sex near the Dover Air Force Base, where he asked her to park “near the back” and to “wear a skirt.”
Little did the married father of two know however, that he was talking to an undercover cop with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force. Chatlogs of the interactions showed that Moore told the officer he wanted to teach the “teen” how to masturbate and asked “her” over and over again to send him photos of her wearing panties.
“I would take immense pleasure in pulling those shorts off your hips and down your cute little legs,” the chatlogs said. “All you have to do is enjoy it, tell me how much you’re enjoying it, and moan when it feels good.”
During the Delaware investigation it was also revealed that Moore sent sexual messages to a 17-year-old girl in Missouri and exchanged sexually explicit images with a minor in Florida.
The revelations aren’t the first time that sexual exploits have embarrassed the Praetorian agency. In April 2012, Secret Service agents who were on assignment in Cartagena, Colombia for a visit by President Obama were dismissed after it was confirmed that they had sex with prostitutes in their hotel rooms.
Later in October, a 65-page inspector general report detailed how at least 12 agents and officers had “personal encounters with female Colombian nationals” before the president’s arrival.
After Moore’s activities came to light, he was forced to turn in his gun and badge and was put on administrative leave from the agency. He was then officially charged in Delaware for sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and providing obscene material to a person under 18.
Moore was also charged federally with attempted production of child pornography, attempted receipt of child pornography and using a computer to persuade, entice or coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
On March 1, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Southern Florida to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor.
Last week, Moore was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. After serving his time, he will be required to register as a sex offender and will spend the rest of his life on supervised release.
During his sentencing, Moore said he was “deeply ashamed,” and claimed he never intended to meet any of the underage girls. He maintained he simply “clicked on a corner of the internet and became a pervert.”
Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley was unmoved by Moore’s explanation however, and said his behavior clearly showed a recurring theme of propositioning underage girls online for real life sex.