In March of this year, Lee Robert Moore, a former Secret Service officer, pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor. Moore was originally arrested on these charges in November 2015.
On Thursday, the 38-year-old former officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his crimes, some of which were committed while he was on duty at the White House.
According to NBC, Moore was caught in an undercover operation when he used two different apps, Kik and Meet24, to send inappropriate messages and a photo of himself to someone he thought was a teenage girl. In reality, the teenage girl he was communicating with was an agent of the Delaware State Police who was working with the Delaware Child Predator Task Force.
After he was arrested, investigators learned that Moore had also sent inappropriate messages and images to actual underage girls in Florida, Texas, and Missouri.
Despite his obvious guilt, Moore’s wife still attempted to convince a judge to give her husband the minimum sentence of 10 years. In a letter to U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley, she wrote:
‘I can honestly say he is still a genuinely good and decent person. I ask that you consider the lowest possible sentence as it would greatly benefit our children, as well as myself.’
At the same time, prosecutors encouraged Judge Hurley to sentence Moore to life in prison:
‘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.’
The compromise the judge settled on is 20 years in prison. Moore will also have to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment. Once he is released from prison, he will be under court supervision for the rest of his life.
Watch a news report about Moore’s arrest and sentence in the video below, via WPTV:
Featured Image is a screenshot from the video.