Secret Service agent suspended after meeting with prostitute

"The Secret Service takes allegations of criminal activity very seriously", the agency said in a statement.

The incident unfolded late last week when the manager of a hotel in Montgomery County, Md., became suspicious about activity in one of the guest rooms and called police, CNN reported. That agent, CNN reported on Thursday, was assigned to Vice President Pence's detail but was off-duty when the alleged transaction occurred last week.

An agency spokesperson told CNN the agent was required to surrender his weapon and official gear and was placed on administrative leave. The spokesperson said the matter is under investigation, and "We are exploring the full range of disciplinary actions".

The agent was not on duty at the time.

Apparently, responding officers felt that they had enough evidence that Mike Pence's Secret Service agent was arrested immediately after leaving the alleged prostitute's hotel room.

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"The Secret Service is committed to ensuring that all employees are held to the highest level of professional and ethical standards of conduct", the statement said. The incident also prompted the agency to tighten its rules for employees traveling to foreign countries.

The Secret Service first came under heavy scrutiny in 2012 after a presidential trip to Colombia turned into an worldwide incident when numerous Secret Service agents were caught red-handed hiring prostitutes after a dispute over payment for services rendered. Several agents were there ahead of then-President Barack Obama's trip to attend the Summit of the Americas.

Upon being charged with solicitation, the secret service agent self-reported his arrest to his supervisors at his agency.

It's been a rough few years for the Secret Service.

  • Alfonso Moody