A former uniformed Secret Service officer was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison on charges of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor.
Lee Robert Moore, 38, of Church Hill, Maryland, sent sexually explicit photos of himself to underage girls while he was on duty at the White House where he was assigned to protect the White House complex. Moore was arrested in 2015, and fired by the Secret Service.
The criminal complaint revealed that Moore sent indecent materials via the mobile apps Kik and Meet24, including a picture of himself, to a person he believed to be a teenage girl. The “girl” was a Delaware State Police agent working with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force on an undercover operation.
Following Moore’s arrest, investigators discovered that he had sent sexually explicit messages and images of himself to minor girls in Missouri, Florida, and Texas.
In court documents, Moore’s wife implored U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley to issue her husband the minimum sentence of 10 years.
“I can honestly say he is still a genuinely good and decent person,” she wrote of Moore, a retired Marine and father of two. “I ask that you consider the lowest possible sentence as it would greatly benefit our children, as well as myself.”
Prosecutors argued differently. “It is particularly galling that he was himself an armed guard at the single most important residence in our constitutional republic, yet he repeatedly used that guard booth to take photos of his penis and send them to underage girls.”
Moore has been ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment. Following his release from prison, he faces lifetime court supervision.
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