After meeting with a prostitute at a Maryland hotel, a Secret Service agent on Vice President Pence’s detail has been reportedly suspended.
Apprehended for prostitution:
A Secret Service spokesman said that the agency “is aware of an alleged incident involving an off-duty Secret Service employee.” He said that the employee surrendered all equipment and was placed on administrative leave, his security clearance and access to all Secret Service facilities have also been suspended.
CNN reported that police answered the call of a Maryland hotel manager who was suspicious of one of the rooms’ activity. The police saw the agent exiting the hotel, afterwards, he was caught.
According to CNN, he was arrested and charged with solicitation. He later self-reported his arrest to the Secret Service.
In a statement, the spokesman said: “The Secret Service takes allegations of criminal activity very seriously. The Secret Service is committed to ensuring that all employees are held to the highest level of professional and ethical standards of conduct
A male dominated culture:
This incident reminded people of another scandal from years ago. In April 2012, during a presidential trip to Cartagena, Colombia, the male Secret Service had a night of heavy drinking agents then brought prostitutes back to their rooms.
Almost a dozen agents were sent home from the trip for misconduct. Prostitution is banned for Secret Service agents even if it’s legal in the country it occurred in.
This incident tarnished the agency’s reputation and caused congressional hearings and investigations. Senior officials vowed to curb the male-dominated culture of sexism and hard partying in the agency.
A senior supervisor in President Barack Obama’s security detail accidentally left behind a bullet from his service weapon in a woman’s room in the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington in May 2013, he was accused of attempting to re-enter the room.
However, it emerged later that he and another officer sent sexually suggestive messages to a female subordinate. One was removed from his position, while the other was moved to a separate part of the division.