12 Secret Service Agents Escorting Pres. Obama Relieved of Duty Amid Allegations of Misconduct

A dozen Secret Service agents with President Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty due to allegations of misconduct.

The Associated Press confirmed they received an anonymous tip that the misconduct revolved around prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Summit of the Americas.

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, put the number of agents involved at twelve.

The White House had no comment.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan would not confirm or deny that prostitution was involved, saying only that there had been “allegations of misconduct” made against Secret Service personnel in the Colombian port city.

He also said that the allegations of misconduct were related to activity that occurred before the president’s arrival Friday night.

Obama was attending a leaders’ dinner Friday night at Cartagena’s historic Spanish fortress. He is due to attend summit meetings with regional leaders Saturday and Sunday.

Those involved have been sent back to their permanent place of duty and were replaced by other agency personnel. The ensuing investigation is being handled by the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

“These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the president’s trip,” Donovan said.


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