MIAMI, FL (AP) – An ex-U.S. Secret Service agent has pleaded guilty to enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.
A Department of Justice news release says 38-year-old Lee Robert Moore of Church Hill, Maryland, entered his plea on one count Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley.
Federal prosecutors say Moore maintained a profile on a social media site called “Meet24.” Delaware State Police detectives created a profile on the site posing as a 14-year-old girl. Moore admitted to participating in chat sessions while at work, and of sending sexually explicit photos of himself.
WORKED AT WHITE HOUSE
Moore was assigned to the White House at the time of his November 2015 arrest. Prosecutors say he continued communicating with minors in Florida, Texas and Missouri after his arrest.
He was fired after his arrest.
JOB OF A SECRET SERVICE AGENT
The United States Secret Service (USSS) is a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Until 2003, the Service was part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The U.S. Secret Service has two distinct areas of responsibility:
The President, the Vice President (or other officer next in the order of succession to the Office of President, should the Vice Presidency be vacant), the President-elect, and the Vice President-elect.
The immediate families of the above individuals.
Former Presidents and their spouses for their lifetimes except when the spouse divorces or remarries, under the Former Presidents Act. From 1997 until 2013, legislation became effective limiting Secret Service protection to former Presidents and their spouses to a period of 10 years from the date the former President leaves office.
President Barack Obama signed legislation reversing this limit and reinstating lifetime protection on January 10, 2013.
Secret Service special agents’ duties include both investigations and protection.
Special agents investigate financial crimes such as counterfeiting of currency, false identification, credit and debit card fraud, computer fraud, forgery or theft of U.S.