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Ex-Secret Service agent 'sexted' teens on White House grounds, sentenced to 20 years

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

Lee Robert Moore (Photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice)
Lee Robert Moore (Photo provided by the Delaware Department of Justice)

former U.S. Secret Service agent was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday after admitting he sent sexually-charged emails and nude photos of himself to a South Florida teen and other young girls from his post at the White House.

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Saying Lee Robert Moore “dishonors every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform,” a federal prosecutor pushed for a life sentence in prison for the former agent and U.S. Marine, who was stripped of his high-security clearance shortly after he was arrested in late 2015 at his home in Church Hill, Maryland.

While making it clear that a life sentence would be too harsh, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hurley made it equally clear that the 15-year sentence Moore sought wasn’t sufficient to protect teens from those who prey on them on the Internet.

Moore, 38, never made physical contact with the three teens to whom he sent lewd messages while working at the White House. But, Hurley said, he was disturbed that Moore contacted his victims through a phone app that also showed him their locations. Moore also told the girls that he dreamed of meeting them for sex, sent them nude photos of himself and enticed them to send him explicit photos of themselves.

“I have great concerns about the recruitment theme (of the messages),” Hurley said. “I’m not satisfied that it was just discussion.”

Moore’s arrest and conviction is yet another black eye for the elite law enforcement agency that has been riddled with scandals. Moore was working for the agency in the Obama Administration when agents were disciplined for drinking and using prostitutes while on assignment. A year before Moore’s arrest, a security contractor with a criminal record was allowed to get on an elevator with Obama and an Iraq war veteran jumped the White House fence and made it into the East Room before he was tackled.

In emails and texts to his victims, Moore identified himself as a law enforcement agent, without saying where he worked. He told them he was bored with his job, checking identification and patrolling the White House grounds on a bicycle.

In a letter to Hurley, Moore’s wife said her husband was disappointed to be transferred back to the White House. He loved his job as a firearms instructor at the Secret Service training academy, she said.

However, Moore didn’t blame job dissatisfaction for his behavior. Instead, he said, after his two children were born, his wife was consumed with raising them. “I got lonely,” he said. “I was selfish.”

He began using the Internet for sexual gratification. “I turned to the Internet because it seemed to be a softer and safer betrayal to (my wife),” he said, choking back tears. “I was wrong.”

Further, he said, he discovered he had a dark side he didn’t know existed: He liked young girls. “I became a pervert,” he said as his wife, parents and other relatives tearfully looked on.

Ordering Moore to get psychological treatment and register as a sex offender when he is released from prison, Hurley said he didn’t believe the former officer’s actions were driven by a need for companionship. “Someone doesn’t do that just because they get lonely,” he said.

The case against Moore began when a detective with the Delaware State Police, posing as a 14-year-old girl, began exchanging emails with the agent. Eventually, law enforcement found he had been sending lewd messages to a Coconut Creek, Florida, teen for nearly two years and two other teens in Texas and Missouri. The cases filed against him in Florida and Delaware were consolidated.

In March, Moore pleaded guilty to two charges, one of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity and another of sending obscene material to a person under the age of 16.

Hurley also acknowledged that as a former police officer and convicted child predator, Moore won’t have an easy life in prison. For his protection, he has been segregated from the general population while in the Palm Beach County Jail.

Hurley said he was hopeful federal prison officials would “take into consideration your employment and consider your safety.”

Trump slams Lindsey Graham, media over Charlottesville backlash

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7:15 AM

Watch - President Trump Says "Blame on Both Sides, I Wait for Facts"

Update:  Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to President Donald Trump’s tweets Thursday morning.

Graham, also using Twitter as a forum, has challenged the president, saying, “Mr. President, like most I seek to move our nation, my state and our party forward - toward the light - not back to the darkness.”

Original story: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Thursday to respond to the backlash over his comments on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, slamming Sen. Lindsey Graham and the media.

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"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists ... and people like Ms. Heyer," he wrote, referring to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed Saturday while protesting the white supremacist Unite the Right rally. "Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember!"

Trump added: "The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!"

On Wednesday, Graham, R-S.C., issued the following statement:

"Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville. Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them," Graham said, according to CNN. "Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer."

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In a news conference Tuesday, Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence.

“You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists," he said. "The press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”

He added: "You also had some very fine people on both sides."

Judge Judy lets dog loose in courtroom to prove who its owner is

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

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An argument over ownership of a dog landed two parties in front of television judge Judy Sheindlin.

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In her own form of Solomon’s Law, rather than cut the dog in half, Sheindlin ordered the dog to be let loose in the courtroom so it could determine who was its owner.

In the clip from the show posted Monday, Sheindlin orders a woman with the defendant to put the dog down, and Baby Boy immediately runs to the plaintiff, wagging its tail and jumping at the man’s leg.

The defendant pleads that the dog does that to everyone, as Sheindlin glares at the woman.

“That’s his dog,” Sheindlin said. “That’s over, take the dog home.” 

Pit bulls recovering after protecting children from copperhead snake

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 11:05 AM

Pit Bulls Recovering After Protecting Children From Copperhead Snake

A pair of pit bulls are recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake Sunday while protecting their owner’s grandchildren from the venomous reptile.

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Melissa Butt’s grandchildren were playing in the backyard when the dogs started growling and barking at the snake, which was slithering dangerously close. Instead of leaving, the snake bit the dogs.

“They’re great, gentle boys who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the grandchildren,” Butt told pet charity Frankie’s Friends, who helped the family pay for the dogs medical treatments.

The dogs were taken to get emergency, life-saving treatment at the veterinarian.

“We give them medicine for pain and make them as comfortable as possible,” Dr. Shelby Loos, with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, told WFLA.

Paco, 9 months old, was bitten on the leg, given a dose of antivenom and is back home recovering. Slayer, 3, who was bitten on his snout, was having a more difficult time recuperating. He needed two doses of antivenom and had trouble eating because of the location of the bite.

“They are my boys,” Butt said. “My protectors.”

Newborn photoshoot like nothing you’ve seen helps find new homes for puppies

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:07 AM



Photo courtesy: Kelly Frankenburg/ 11 Sixteen Photography
(Photo courtesy: Kelly Frankenburg/ 11 Sixteen Photography)

A photographer in Virginia is doing her part to help get puppies and their mom adopted. 

Kelly Frankenburg, of 11 Sixteen Photography, set up a newborn photo shoot that was a little different than the traditional ones. Frankenburg posed Chihuahua puppies like human newborns and they’re bringing all the feels, ABC News reported

Paris and her pups are in Frankenburg’s foster care until they find permanent homes.

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The puppies, named Love Bug, Messi and Tito were two weeks old when Frankenburg wrapped the puppies in a swaddle and posed the sleepy babies.

Thanks to the photos, potential adoptees have contacted Richmond Animal Care and Control, hoping to add the pups to their families, ABC News reported.