Eleven Secret Service agents were found with prostitutes in hotel rooms early Thursday morning. Experts are saying it is the biggest scandal in the agency's history.
The agents have been placed on administrative leave due to the unfortunate incident. According to details, the presidential security team's agents spent a night with 'presumed prostitutes', before President Obama was scheduled for a trip to the Summit of the Americas.
According to the details provided by Agency Assistant Director Paul Morrissey, the agents involved in the case were both special agents and uniformed division officers. The incident took place before President Obama arrived in Columbia and the agents involved were not directly responsible for his security. Still, they compromised on the agency's standards; therefore, this case will not be taken lightly and thorough investigations will take place.
Rep. Peter King told the reporters that the women who stayed with the agents overnight in Columbia were "presumed to be prostitutes." All of the eleven Secret Service personnel brought back women with them to their hotel rooms on Wednesday evening and stayed with them till Thursday morning.
"As the women came to the hotel they had put their IDs at the front desk and you have to be out of the room by 7 o'clock in the morning next day," King said briefers told him, according to a report by MSNBC.com. "A guest of a guest has to leave the hotel by 7 o'clock; one of the women did not leave. Hotel management went up to the room and agents would not open the door so police came up."
King also said the issue was money. "It was resolved quickly, the woman said she wanted to get paid, the agent said he didn't have to pay her but he paid. There was no crime, no one was arrested."
Even though prostitution is legal in "tolerance zones" in Columbia, it is not expected of secret service agents to pay for sex. When the police filed an incident report with the U.S. Embassy, the agents at the U.S. Embassy saw the report and they immediately started an investigation with agents in the Miami field office.
According to reports, two of the Secret Service personnel were supervisors and five military service members involved in the incident were confined to quarters.