Sexting arrest latest embarrassment for Secret Service

This booking photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice shows Lee Robert Moore. Federal authorities say Moore, a Secret Service agent from Maryland, sent obscene images and texts to someone he thought was a young Delaware girl, sometimes doing it while on duty at the White House. (Delaware Department of Justice via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

DOVER, Del. (AP) – The arrest of a uniformed Secret Service officer on charges of trying to solicit a teenage girl for sex and sending obscene images and texts online is the latest embarrassment for the agency charged with protecting the president.

Lee Robert Moore is to appear at a preliminary hearing Friday in Delaware on state charges of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and providing obscene material to a person under 18.

Moore is charged separately in federal court with attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.

Moore surrendered to authorities in Maryland on Monday after being caught in an undercover online sex sting by Delaware State Police.

According to the federal complaint, Moore often engaged in online chats with undercover officers while on duty at the White House.

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