A Secret Service officer was arrested for sending sexual text messages to a person he thought was a young woman.
On August 24, a detective with the Delaware State Police formed an account on hook-up app Meet24 posing as a 14-year-old from Delaware, according to CNN.
The account received a message that same day from 37-year-old Lee Robert Moore, a US Secret Service officer who works in the White House.
After chatting for a while, the two agreed to carry the conversation to another messaging service called Kik, allowing users to send photos and videos.
Moore, who is married and has at least one child, asked the undercover detective to meet up.
No meeting was arranged, but seven days later, Moore propositioned they have sex.
He reportedly wrote,
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 also admitted he sent a picture of his penis and allegedly asked for the detective posing as the teen to send a picture of her genitalia, The Daily Beast reports.
Before making that request, the Secret Service officer reportedly wrote,
I'm imagining you on your knees in front of me with your hand wrapped around it, staring at it, and looking up at me, and then putting it in your mouth.
Moore turned himself in to the Maryland State Police Barracks on Monday after a criminal complaint was filed earlier that day.
He then admitted to sending sexual messages and pictures to the undercover officer, as well as messaging many other teenage women, sometimes when he was on duty.
Moore once told the undercover officer "work sucks today" before explaining he was "sitting at [a] box office style booth checking ID's for entrance into a building," according to police.
In a statement yesterday afternoon, a Secret Service spokeswoman said,
The Secret Service takes allegations of potential criminal activity extremely seriously. This incident was reported to our Office of Professional Responsibility on Friday, November 6th. 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 employee's access to all Secret Service facilities was terminated.
Moore faces up to 10 years in prison after being charged with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.
He is reportedly in Delaware state custody.