New details in Broward investigation of fired Secret Service officer accused of White House ‘sexting’ – Sun Sentinel

en U.S. Secret Service officer Lee Robert Moore found out he was under investigation for “sexting” underage girls while he was supposedly guarding the White House, prosecutors say he destroyed some evidence against him.But investigators poring through what remains of his cellphone and computer records said Thursday they have found evidence of “hundreds and hundreds” of sexually explicit conversations he had with underage girls, police officers who posed as minors, and adult women.On Thursday, Moore, 38, pleaded not guilty to charges he lured a Broward County girl into engaging in sexual activity in 2014. Moore also pleaded not guilty to related charges of attempting to produce and receive child pornography.Prosecutors revealed new details about the allegations against Moore during the hearing in federal court in West Palm Beach.Moore began sending inappropriate texts and messages in 2014 to a Broward County girl who had just turned 16 at the time, prosecutor Corey Steinberg said in court.Lee Robert Moore, 38, a U.S. Secret Service officer who worked at the White House, is facing federal charges of inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl from Broward County. Prosecutors said this “selfie” is a still image from a video he took of himself – in uniform and on-duty at the White House complex – and sent it to at least one of the alleged victims. (Sun Sentinel / Federal court records)Moore sent “numerous” photographs of his genitals to the girl, as well as other non-explicit photographs of himself, prosecutors said. The girl also was persuaded to send him naked photographs of herself, they said.Federal agents also have identified at least one other underage girl with whom Moore had a “virtually identical” relationship, Steinberg told the judge. That girl lives in Texas and had just turned 14 when she was communicating online with Moore, the prosecutor said.Moore, who has already pleaded not guilty to a federal child pornography charge in Delaware, also may face criminal charges in Texas, Steinberg said. Agents still are trying to identify other underage girls who communicated with Moore, she said.Fired Secret Service officer accused of sexting from White House moved to S. Fla. to face Broward chargesProsecutors said Moore, who lived in Maryland, told agents he estimated he was communicating with approximately 10 minors. Many of those online and text chats occurred while he was at work and some of the photographs he sent were taken in a White House security booth where he was sometimes stationed, according to court records.The top-security location apparently did little to distract him from his explicit communications with an unknown number of minors and adults, prosecutors said. They said he sexually exploited several girls online and tried to arrange real-life meetings with some of them.Moore deleted much of the evidence against him from his phone, computer and cloud-based backup services in November, investigators said.Moore learned he was under investigation by other law enforcement agencies when Secret Service officials notified him in a move that violated a prior agreement to keep him ignorant of the allegations until after he was arrested and his electronic devices could be secured and searched, according to court records.Moore said little in court on Thursday, but briefly and politely answered U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Lee Brannon’s questions.His lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Robin Rosen-Evans, told the judge Moore would not contest the prosecution’s request to keep him jailed in South Florida while the criminal cases are pending.Moore was locked up in the Delaware area from the time of his arrest in November until recently when he chose to be transferred to South Florida to face the most serious charges against him.If convicted of the Broward allegations, he could face a maximum punishment of life in federal prison.He was fired from his job as a sworn federal law enforcement officer and member of the Secret Service’s uniformed security detail at the White House complex in December, shortly after the allegations were made public.Judge Brannon agreed that Moore is a potential flight risk and a danger to the community and ordered he will remain, 954-356-4533 or Twitter @SentinelPaulaCopyright © 2017, Sun SentinelTrials and Arbitration Crime U.S. Secret ServiceSecret Service officer accused of sexting on duty at White House now faces Broward sex chargesBlog | Crime and Safety: News and tips about staying safeSearch crime stats for Broward and Palm Beach countiesPhotos: Broward Sheriff’s Office mug shots

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