Church Hill man faces fed­eral child porn charges

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — A Church Hill man who was charged last Novem­ber with at­tempt­ing to so­licit sex with a mi­nor in Delaware now faces fed­eral child pornog­ra­phy charges in Florida.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, of Wal­nut Street was ar­raigned Thurs­day morn­ing, Sept. 8, in U.S. District Court in Fort Laud­erdale. The judge or­dered him to be held pend­ing trial, but a trial date has not yet been set.

In the Broward County case, he was in­dicted in June with charges of pro­duc­tion or at­tempted pro­duc­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, at­tempted re­ceipt of child pornog­ra­phy and use of a com­puter to per­saude, in­duce, en­tice or co­erce a mi­nor to enage in a sex act.

Moore re­port­edly lost his job as a Se­cret Ser­vice agent af­ter be­ing ar­rested last year in an un­der­age sex sting con­ducted by Delaware State Po­lice. In that in­stance, he was charged in Delaware with two counts of sex­ual so­lic­i­ta­tion of a child under 18 and with pro­vid­ing ob­scen­ity ma­te­rial to a per­son under 18. He was charged in fed­eral court in Delaware with trans­fer of ob­scene ma­te­ri­als to a mi­nor.

Moore al­legedly con­tacted an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer with the Delaware Child Preda­tor Task Force who was pos­ing as a 14-year-old girl on the so­cial me­dia chat site Meet24. Moore, us­ing the screen name “Rob,” called the per­son he thought was a teenage girl, “cutie,” asked what clothes she liked to wear and sent her a picture of him­self, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments from the Delaware De­part­ment of Jus­tice and the crim­i­nal com­plaint filed in U.S. District Court for Delaware, the un­der­cover of­fi­cer told “Rob” he lived with his mom and was still in school; he in­vited “Rob” to chat on an­other so­cial me­dia site, Kik, which al­lows users to chat and share pho­tos and videos.

“Moore soon moved the chats sex­ual. He stated he wanted to travel to Delaware and meet in per­son for sex,” wrote Det. Kevin R. McKay in an af­fi­davit. “Moore made it clear that he knew I was a 14 yr old girl. For ex­am­ple he would ask what clothes I was wear­ing to school and he ex­pressed con­cern that this could be a po­lice op­er­a­tion.”

The fed­eral com­plaint filed by Patrick M. McCall, spe­cial agent with Home­land Se­cu­rity In­ves­ti­ga­tions, pro­vides a de­tailed ac­count of al­leged con­ver­sa­tions, in­clud­ing ref­er­ences to mas­tur­ba­tion, in­ter­course, or­gasms and oral sex.

On Sept. 24, 2015, a fe­male un­der­cover trooper took over the girl’s role and chat­ted with “Rob N/A” on Kik; in re­sponse to his re­quest for a video, she sent one of her­self hold­ing a cat near her face, McCall wrote.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, the two con­tin­ued to chat, ex­changed pho­tos, and on Sept. 28, sex­ual con­tact was dis­cussed again.

On Oct. 6, 2015, “Rob N/A” sent a photo of his ex­posed pri­vates and tried to get the girl to send pictures of her­self in her panties and talked about meet­ing for sex, po­lice said. Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments, a num­ber of the on­line con­ver­sa­tions took place while Moore was at work at the White House.

On Nov. 6, 2015, the Se­cret Ser­vice told Moore he was be­ing placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave ef­fec­tive Nov. 7, and con­fis­cated his gun and badge, McCall wrote. Of­fi­cials told Moore to re­port to the Mary­land State Po­lice Cen­tre­ville Bar­racks first thing Mon­day morn­ing, Nov. 9, where he was ques­tioned by in­ves­ti­ga­tors from Delaware and taken into cus­tody.

Moore posted bond in the state case but has re­mained in cus­tody on the fed­eral charge. He was trans­ferred to Florida to face the more se­ri­ous charges there. The Delaware case has been placed on hold.

LEE ROBERT MOORE

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