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Md. Secret Service officer indicted in sexting case

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)

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)

DOVER, Del. — A Secret Service officer accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl has been indicted on a federal charge of trying to transfer obscene material to a minor.

The single-count indictment against Lee Robert Moore was issued Wednesday, the same day a hearing had been scheduled on a prosecution request that he remain in custody pending trial.

A judge canceled Wednesday’s hearing after a chickenpox outbreak at the Philadelphia federal detention center where Moore is being held. The outrbreak prompted officials to quarantine inmates and suspend visits.

Prosecutors say Moore sometimes engaged in online chats while on duty at the White House. He also faces state charges of sexual solicitation of a child under 18 and providing obscene material to a minor