US Military Staff, Secret Service Accused of Misconduct in Colombia

Posted April 14th, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials said about a dozen U.S. Secret Service agents sent to Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama's visit have been relieved of duty and returned home amid allegations of misconduct that involved prostitution.

Also Saturday, the U.S. military announced that five military staff assigned to support the Secret Service in its assignment have been “confined to quarters” in Colombia.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the incident with the military personnel stems from the same episode involving the Secret Service agents.

The alleged misconduct is said to have taken place before Mr. Obama arrived in the resort city of Cartagena Friday.

Carney said the president has confidence in his bodyguards and that the incidents had no impact of presidential security.