12 U.S. Secret Service agent, allegedly involved in prostitution cases in Cartagena, Colombia. They were finally relieved redeployed.
As reported by the New York Times, 14 April 2012, as many as 12 members of the Secret Service was assigned to accompany President Obama before the Summit of the Americas countries in Colombia.
This act is said to have occurred before Obama arrived on the scene on Friday evening 13 April 2012 to attend the meeting which was attended by more than 30 world leaders on this Saturday, April 14, 2012.
The Associated Press, citing a source who requested anonymity, reported that the agent is known to use the services of prostitutes in Cartagena, the city location of the meeting. AP also said the number of agents who use the services of prostitutes caught as many as 12 people.
But The Washington Post quoted the President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Jon Adler, said that only one agency is involved with prostitutes in Cartagena.
White House officials are reluctant to comment about it. They refer directly to the Secret Service to respond and answer all questions.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Secret Service, Edwin M Donovan, acknowledged that the agents had been withdrawn because of allegations of an fault. 12 agent positions will be replaced by other personnel from the Secret Service. But Donovan did not mention that 12 of his men caught the problem of prostitution. “Secret Service respond to all allegations of serious violations,” said Donovan.
He said the problem was handed over to the office of the local authorities.
This is not the first time a member of an elite security involved in the case. In recent months, other incidents also occurred.
A federal agent from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security State Department was charged with second-degree murder last November after shooting a man in Honolulu. The agent was off duty, but was on the island to provide security arrangements for Obama’s visit to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
In August, a Secret Service agent arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Iowa. Though she became part of the security team assigned to prepare the Obama bus tour through the Midwestern states.