Secret Service officer indicted on obscenity charges

WILMINGTON — A federal grand jury in Wilmington indicted a Church Hill, Maryland, man Wednesday on one count of attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor, U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III of the District of Delaware said.

Lee Robert Moore, 37, was employed by the U.S. Secret Service-Uniformed Division and was assigned to the White House at the time of his arrest. Mr. Moore was arrested on Nov. 9 and has remained in custody since that time.

According to the indictment and court documents filed in the case, Mr. Moore allegedly maintained a profile on the social media application “Meet24,” which provides a mobile-based platform for exchanging digital images, as well as voice and text messages. Delaware State Police detectives with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force created a profile on the site, posing as a 14-year-old girl. Mr. Moore allegedly engaged in a number of online chat sessions, via the “Meet24” and “Kik” mobile apps, over a two-month period, including while he was at work. A number of the online chats allegedly between Moore and the supposed female minor were sexual in nature and, on several occasions, Mr. Moore allegedly sent pictures of his penis.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Delaware Child Predator Task Force conducted the investigation. Trial Attorney Amy E. Larson of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward J. McAndrew of the District of Delaware are prosecuting the case.

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