Church Hill man faces federal child porn charges
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.
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