Secret Service Felled When Agent Didn't Pay Hooker
11 agents put on leave, 5 military servicemen accused also
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2012 6:50 AM CDT
Members of the Secret Service wait after President Barack Obama arrived at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport March 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Secret Service prostitution scandal that's threatening to overshadow the Summit of the Americas came to light after one agent refused to pay one of the women involved, reports the New York Daily News. “The agent said, ‘I don't owe you anything,’ but gave the woman some money,” says Rep. Peter King, who as head of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been briefed. The agents, part of an advance team that was supposed to secure President Obama's hotel, were caught with prostitutes in their hotel rooms, and the dispute caused a disturbance that got local police involved.

“Number one, it is against basic ethics to go to a prostitute. Number two, it is incredibly embarrassing to the White House,” says one insider, who added that the agents' careers are probably over. “Yes, doubly good judgment there.” Eleven agents have been placed on leave in the incident, notes the AP, and another five military personnel have been accused of similar misconduct after violating curfew. None of the Secret Service agents involved were directly responsible for Obama's protection. A Secret Service rep has apologized "for any distraction."

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hidflect
Apr 16, 2012 2:43 PM CDT
I think these guys are less worried about an angry Obama than an angry Mama back home.
SuzanneRosenorn
Apr 15, 2012 11:43 PM CDT
The agent that refused to pay must have really thought he was some hot poop!
ColombianGringo
Apr 15, 2012 3:44 PM CDT
I live in Colombia, and i just though that i would share some of the local knowledge with everyone. Cartegena is where many of the hookers or (PREPAGOS as they are called) go to work, because theres alot of foreigners that vacation there. UNFORTUNATELY its not an illegal business SO its NOT AT ALL REGULATED. Without defending these secret service guys i have to say that many of the girls will create a big scene just to get money, but at the same time many of the tourist and other types think that they can kick the girls out and do what they want to. Either way many times the business transaction is not negotiated before hand AND FORGET ABOUT PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ETHICS. We are talking about girls from 18 to 25 years old on the mostpart. WHAT HAPPENS WHICH SUPRISES MANY PEOPLE is that the PREPAGOS (PREPAY) go to security of the building and call the police. SUPRISE SUPRISE the police are on the girls side unless of course they are responding to a robbery. The problem with the secret services behavior is that most of these girls are involved with local gang members, drug dealers and the type. Many times they drug up their dates and steal everything in the room, sometimes calling their boyfriends up to the hotel room or apartment rentals to help them commit robberies. ALL this going on in a hotel that was supposively secured for the 6 CUMBRE DE LAS AMERICAS. BIG SUPPRISE, i bet they were not expecting the police to show up and support the girls complaint. Im sure some of the cops work with the girls on certain occaisons. Moral of the story is dont stiff a hooker in Colombia. Now just so you guys outside Colombia realize, this international scandal was caused over $100 USD, CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT. Thats an expensive hooker in Colombia. Either way if the rate was a little more or less, it hardly justifies the damage that was caused.