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Hearing set for Md. Secret Service officer 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 court hearing is set for a Secret Service officer accused of trying to solicit sex from an undercover agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Lee Robert Moore is scheduled to appear Wednesday in federal court in Delaware for a hearing on prosecutors’ request that he remain in custody pending trial.

Moore’s attorney is asking that he be released to the custody of his wife and parents at his Maryland home.

The hearing was previously postponed because of a chickenpox outbreak at the Philadelphia federal detention center where Moore is currently being held.

Prosecutors say Moore sometimes engaged in online sex chats while on duty at the White House.

He faces a federal charge of trying to transfer obscene material to a minor, and related charges in state court.