In regards to the Secret Service scandal involving at least one prostitute in Colombia, U.S. Representative Peter King says that a Cartagena prostitute refused to leave a Secret Service occupied room at Hotel Caribe until she was paid.
Secret Service spokesman Paul S. Morrissey said in a statement yesterday that 11 U.S. Secret Service agents, who were working with President Barack Obama to secure his arrival in Colombia for the Summit of the Americas, were placed on administrative leave after allegations of misconduct involving at least one prostitute made headline news.
U.S. Representative King, who also heads the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed twice on the incident yesterday and says that visitors of guests at Hotel Caribe were required to be out by 7 a.m., however, one guest was not out by curfew and refused to leave after hotel officials knocked and requested that his departure. After the hotel officials called the local police, the woman claimed that she would not leave as she was owed money. The Secret Service agent then paid the prostitute and a police report was filed as a foreign national was involved.
King has indicated that 2 or 3 uniformed officers and 2 Secret Service supervisors, all with previously spotless records, were involved in the scandal. ABC News quoted King today in an interview in which the New York Republican said:
“They were questioned all day yesterday at Secret Service headquarters.”
He went onto say that it was believed that all 11 had brought women to their hotel rooms in Cartagena, Colombia. King’s staff “is going to begin an investigation” in which they will examine the procedures in place at the time of the incident in order to prevent a similarly embarrassing incident from occurring.
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