(WASHINGTON) — The Secret Service officer assigned to the White House who was arrested and charged with soliciting a minor and sending obscene material to a person authorities say he thought was a 14-year-old girl waived his preliminary hearing on Friday.
Lee Robert Moore’s attorney wouldn’t say why his client waived the hearing.
Moore is accused of sending explicit messages and of trying to arrange a meeting for a sexual encounter with a minor. He also allegedly asked for compromising pictures and video of the child.
Some of the sordid communication, which occurred over a period of weeks, allegedly took place while Moore was on duty, working at the White House.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the allegations “disgusting.”
“Obviously from reading the reports, the allegations included in them are disgusting and allegations that the administration, including the Secret Service, takes quite seriously,” he said.
However, despite the latest scandal to hit the agency, Earnest said President Obama “without a doubt” still has confidence in Secret Service Director Joe Clancy.
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