A Secret Service agent has been arrested and accused of sending sexually explicit text messages—including some that were sent from the White House—to an undercover police officer pretending to be a young girl, the Daily Beast reports.
Lee Robert Moore, 37, turned himself into Maryland State Police Barracks on Monday the same day a complaint was filed against him for allegedly corresponding with a Delaware state police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl.
Moore was based out of the White House and allegedly sent lewd photographs of himself, requesting sexual contact and meet-ups with the agent posing as a minor … According to the criminal complaint, Moore admitted taking a photo “depicting exposed, erect penis” and sending it to the undercover agent, and he admitted that he used ‘Meet24’ to communicate with people he thought were teenage girls.
The Secret Service has had a rough go of it recently:
- In November 2011 a disturbed 21-year-old man fired a number of gunshots at the White House, hitting the building at least seven times—but the Secret Service did not discover the damage he had caused, or even realize that the White House had been hit at all, until four days later.
- In April 2012 a woman contacted a local police officer in Colombia to complain that an agent preparing for a presidential visit had agreed to pay her for sex but then reneged. A number of other agents were found to have paid for sex on the same night.
- In March 2014, two counter-snipers suspected of having been drinking were involved in a car accident in South Florida just before the Obama family’s arrival.
- During the same month an agent was found drunk and passed out in an Amsterdam hotel hallway shortly before President Obama was set to arrive in the city.
- In September 2014 a disturbed Iraq veteran climbed the White House fence and actually got inside the White House before being apprehended. The Secret Service initially said it had apprehended the man as soon as he entered the building, but it later emerged that he’d run well inside, into the East Room, before being caught.
- Later that same month an armed security contractor with an arrest record for violent crimes was allowed to ride in an elevator with the president.
- In January 2015 two agents who had been drinking interrupted an investigation of a suspicious package at the White House, and one of them accidentally drove the car that they were riding in into a barricade. They were allowed to leave the scene without taking a sobriety test.
Not a great four years.