A former Secret Service officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for sending sexting underage girls, while he was working at the White House. According to NBC News, 38-year-old Lee Robert Moore of Church Hill, Maryland texted sexually explicit images of himself to minors. Moore is married, a retired Marine and father of two children.
He had pleaded guilty back in March to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor. The Secret Service fired him after he was arrested in 2015. At the time of his arrest, Moore was assigned to protect the White House complex according to NBC. Prosecutors said some of the sexts were sent while on guard duty at the White House.
Moore was caught in an undercover sting after he sent a sexual picture of himself to a police officer posing as a teen girl. After his arrest, investigators learned that Moore had sent sexually explicit messages and images to real underage girls in at least three states. According to the United States Department Of Justice, Moore sexted minors in Florida, Texas and Missouri.
Moore's case was heard in U.S. District Court in Palm Beach County, Florida. His wife urged the judge to give her husband the minimum sentence: 10 years.
"I can honestly say he is still a genuinely good and decent person," she wrote to the judge. "I ask that you consider the lowest possible sentence as it would greatly benefit our children, as well as myself."
Prosecutors took a difference stance stating: "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."
In addition to his prison sentence, Moore must also register as a sex offender.
[Delaware Justice Department]