Secret Service roiled by sex misconduct

Agents and managers with the Secret Service, the agency in charge of protecting US President Barack Obama, have engaged in sexual misconduct across 17 countries in recent years.

Whistleblowers disclosed the information to members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

Secret Service agents and managers have hired prostitutes, engaged in extramarital affairs, visited brothels, and have sexual relationships with foreigners while being on duty as part of President Obama�™s security detail, the Post said.

The latest case of sexual misconduct involves sexually suggestive emails sent by two supervisory agents to a female subordinate.

Supervisor Ignacio Zamora Jr. was reassigned but Timothy Barraclough, also a supervisor, remains with the Secret Service.

Zamora met a woman in the Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House a few months ago, and went to her room. Zamora�™s firearm had reportedly worried the woman so he removed the clip and bullet. He then left the bullet behind in the hotel room.

The hotel staff notified the Secret Service that a bullet from Zamora’s weapon was found in a room, a federal law enforcement official said.

The new allegations come more than 18 months after a prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia rocked the agency. Eight Secret Service employees were subsequently fired.

Zamora had helped lead the internal investigation into the April 2012 incident in Cartagena.

Sen. Ronald H. Johnson (Wis.), ranking Republican on a Homeland Security subcommittee, said Thursday that the accounts contradict repeated assurances by Secret Service leaders that they do not tolerate sexual misconduct in the agency.

The Secret Service said Thursday that the agency investigates all allegations of misconduct and takes action when appropriate.

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told ABC News that such behavior puts the president�™s life at risk.

�œIn this case, Secret Service has information about the president�™s closest security details,” McCaul said. �œThat kind of information, if compromised, can be lethal to the presidency.”


Source: Press TV