Three U.S. Secret Service members will leave the agency because of an alleged prostitution scandal in Colombia, the agency said Wednesday.
One of them is a supervisory employee who is being allowed to retire, and another employee has resigned, the agency said.
A third agent, another supervisory employee, is being pushed out, with the agency proposing he be removed. A U.S. official said the agent plans to fight his ouster.
Another eight members allegedly involved in the scandal are on administrative leave with their security clearances suspended.
he employees are accused of bringing prostitutes to a hotel in Colombia ahead of last week’s visit by U.S. President Barack Obama, who was there to attend a pan-American summit.
The alleged prostitutes, the youngest of whom are in their early 20s, had all signed in at Cartagena’s Hotel El Caribe, where the Secret Service members apparently stayed, flashing their local ID cards. But one of the women, the source said, was involved in a dispute about how much she was allegedly to be paid for the night.
That dispute brought the incident to light and sparked controversy in both countries.
A review board is expected to be created to determine whether the alleged scandal is an isolated incident or emblematic of a broader agency culture, a source said.
“The only way they will prevent this from happening again in the future is to find out if this is one particular case or if it’s a pattern,” said U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-New York, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee