A Secret Service officer, accused of sending obscene pictures of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, was suspended.
The officer, Lee Robert Moore, was charged with sending explicit material to an underage girl. He did so while chatting with an undercover officer posing as a minor on the social media application, Kik. According to Reuters, Moore’s confession came in an interview with the police.
The complaint further says that Moore has been placed on administrative leave by the Secret Service. However, he did not suspect that the minor he was communicating with was in fact an undercover officer even after he was placed on administrative leave. He has been reported to have messaged, “I don’t think we should talk anymore. I can’t explain … this will be my last message.”
According to CNN, a Delaware State Police detective posing as a minor made an account on Meet24. Moore sent a chat message to the detective later that day. After a few exchanges, the two moved to the social media application, Kik. Moore asked the girl on August 26 that the two meet in person, but the meeting did not happen. On August 31, according to the complaint, Moore wrote a message that said, “May seem like a small thing in the grand scheme, but I would take immense pleasure in pulling those shorts off your hips and down your cute little legs. Be exciting to try I mean id be nervous but still be fun. Just wouldn’t want to bore u.”
Moore soon deleted his account on Kik, which is reflected by a message he sent on Meet24 on September 1. The message said, “do you know how many fake female profiles are out there, a guy needs some reassurance that he is talking to who he thinks he is talking to, and not, I shudder to think.” Soon thereafter, on September 24, another Delaware detective took over as the underage girl. When asked to send a video of herself to him, she “sent a video of herself, which appears to depict a teenage female holding a small cat near her face,” the complaint said.
The case was first reported to the Office of Professional Responsibility on November 6. According to NBC News, the statement said, “On that same date the employee’s security clearance was suspended and the employee was placed on administrative leave. All Secret Service issued equipment was retrieved and the employees access to all Secret Service facilities was terminated.”
It is not the first time the Secret Service has found itself shrouded in controversy. In 2014, a knife wielding man jumped over the fence and ran into the White House. The man had entered deep into the mansion before he was caught.