It's been confirmed that three more Secret Service employees resigned on Friday amid a prostitution scandal in Colombia. This raises the current total number of employees to leave the U.S. Secret Service due to the recent misconduct to six.
Besides the three that resigned, the Secret Service also implicated a 12th employee, Reuters reported. One employee, although cleared of misconduct, will face administrative action, the agency said in a statement. At this point, five employees continue to be on administrative leave, and their security clearances remain suspended pending the outcome of this investigation, said Assistant Director of the U.S. Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs, Paul S. Morrissey.
Last week,12 Secret Service members and 11 military personnel were identified as participants in activities with prostitutes in Colombia as part of a security detail for President Barack Obama. The men were working on security for the president's visit before Obama arrived for the Summit of the Americas. Besides security, the accused also reportedly brought at least 20 Colombian women to their hotel rooms. When the U.S. employees wouldn't pay the women the agreed-upon amount, the police were called, the news broke to the press, and a 24-year-old Colombian prostitute told the New York Times that an agent had agreed to pay her $800 for a night of sex, but only gave her $30 the next morning.
Two men involved in the scandal have already been identified. CBS News reported that the names of the shamed Secret Service staff members are supervisors Greg Stokes and David Chaney. Stokes was removed with cause, with an option of appeal. Chaney was allowed to retire.
A statement on the U.S. Secret Service site describes the organization as a federal law enforcement agency responsible for the protection of national and visiting foreign leaders, and criminal investigation.