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Sex scandal: 3 Secret Service agents sacked

Three Secret Service agents involved in the allegations of misconduct involving prostitutes ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Colombia have left the agency.

world Updated: Apr 19, 2012 23:20 IST
Guardian News Service

Three Secret Service agents involved in the allegations of misconduct involving prostitutes ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Colombia have left the agency.

Two were supervisors, according to the Associated Press — one who was allowed to retire, and another who was “removed for cause”. He has 30 days to appeal, and CNN reported on Wednesday that he plans to sue. The third agent, who who was not a surpervisor, resigned.

Eight agents remain under investigation, as do at least 10 US military personnel who were staying at the same hotel.

In an interview with the New York Times, the 24-year-old single mother who works as a high priced escort, said the men who approached her were “very discreet”. “They never told me they were with Obama.”

She told the newspaper that she and a girlfriend had been approached by a group of men in a club. After she and her friend had been bought two bottles of vodka, she agreed to return to the hotel room of one of the men. But in the morning, he failed to pay her $800—the amount upon which they agreed. Instead, she said, he offered her $30.

When she objected, he ordered her out of the room. Eventually, a Colombian policeman helped to argue her case with two other Americans from the club. When the escort lowered her demand to $250, they gave her the money. She said she learned the man had been a secret service agent when it made the news.