Agent Who Guards Pence Suspended After Prostitute Visit

Security clearance has been revoked after he's seen leaving prostitute's hotel room
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2017 1:12 AM CDT
Secret Service officers stand in Lafayette Park after a security incident near the White House fence last month.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – More embarrassment for the Secret Service: Law enforcement sources tell CNN that an agent on Mike Pence's security detail was suspended after he was seen leaving a prostitute's room at a Maryland hotel last week. Sources say the agent, who was off-duty at the time, was charged with solicitation and self-reported the incident to the Secret Service.

A spokesperson tells NBC News that the service "takes allegations of criminal activity very seriously." The spokesperson says the agent was stripped of his security clearances pending "disciplinary actions." The Secret Service has been plagued by sex scandals in recent years, including one involving an agent who sexted an undercover officer from inside the White House. (Read more Secret Service stories.)

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