11 Secret Service agents were placed on leave on Saturday and replaced by other agents in Cartegena, Colombia after it was revealed that President Obama’s security detail was involved with prostitutes during his diplomatic meeting with heads of 33 Latin American countries known as the “Summit of the Americas”.
The agency did not disclose the nature of the scandal, however, the Associated Press confirmed that prostitutes were involved. Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King told the AP after he was briefed on the investigation on Saturday that “close to” all 11 of the agents involved had brought women back to their rooms at a hotel separate from where Obama is now staying. King said he was told that anyone visiting the hotel overnight was required to leave identification at the front desk and leave the hotel by 7 a.m. When a woman failed to do so, it raised questions among hotel staff and police, who investigated. They found the woman with the agent in the hotel room and a dispute arose over whether the agent should have paid her.
The 11 employees in question were special agents and Uniformed Division Officers. None were assigned to directly protect Obama. All were sent home and replaced, said Secret Service assistant director Morrissey, given “the nature of the allegations” and a zero tolerance policy on personal misconduct.