The names of two senior Secret Service agents who lost their jobs due to the Colombia prostitution scandal are now out in the open.
David Randall Chaney and Greg Stokes were tasked with supervising a team of agents in Cartagena, ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the Summit of the Americas last weekend, the Washington Post reported Thursday. After allegations that up to 21 agents and military personnel picked up about 20 prostitutes after partying at a nightclub -- according to members of congress who have been briefed on the matter -- Chaney retired under pressure and Stokes was told he would be fired.
Chaney and Stokes' lawyer, Lawrence Berger of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (a union that includes the Secret Service), stressed to the paper that any judgment about their role in the incident -- which included one prostitute going to local police because she claimed one of the men wasn't paying her -- should be withheld until all the details of the investigation surface.
Since the news broke this weekend, three men have left or are leaving the agency. Eight other Secret Service agents have been placed on administrative leave.
This is what we have learned about Chaney and Stokes so far:
David Randall Chaney
- He is 48 years old and has worked in the Secret Service for nearly two decades.
- He has a wife and adult son and lives in Virginia.
- He was a supervisor in the international programs division. CNN points out he is one of several people who contributed to the Interagency Working Group on U.S. Government-Sponsored International Exchanges and Training, which aims to make recommendations to the president for improving the coordination, efficiency, and effectiveness of United States Government-sponsored international exchanges and training, according to its website.
- He has a lewd sense of humor - at least on Facebook. After posting a picture of himself on duty in 2008 standing behind Sarah Palin while he was assigned to protecting her the vice-presidential candidate, he joked about her appearance. I was really checking her out, if you know what I mean? he wrote.
- Chaney's father was also a Secret Service agent, according to CNN.
- Like Chaney, he was in the agency for about 20 years.
- He was an assistant special agent in charge of the K-9 division.