Child Sex Sting Snares Secret Service Officer

He sexted 'teen girl' from inside White House
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 3:22 AM CST
Child Sex Sting Snares Secret Service Officer
This booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Lee Robert Moore.   (Delaware Department of Justice via AP)

The latest Secret Service sex scandal is the creepiest one yet: Investigators say officer Lee Robert Moore was on duty at the White House when he sent raunchy messages—including pictures of his erect penis—to an undercover police officer in Delaware he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The 37-year-old, who allegedly tried to talk the "girl" into meeting for sex, turned himself in to Maryland State Police on Monday, reports Reuters. A Secret Service spokeswoman tells CNN that Moore was placed on leave and had his security clearance suspended last Friday when the agency was told about his conduct.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday, Moore admitted contacting the undercover officer on the Meet24 service beginning in August and told investigators that some of the messages had been sent while he was on duty, CNN reports. Moore—who described his job as checking IDs for entrance into the White House—apparently failed to realize even after he had been suspended that the person he had been communicating with was an undercover agent, the New York Daily News reports: Hours before he surrendered on Monday, he told the officer they would have to stop chatting online. (The Secret Service is now protecting Donald Trump and Ben Carson.)

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