A Secret Service agent part of Vice President Mike Pence’s detail has been suspended after his arrest for allegedly soliciting a prostitute at a Maryland hotel, according to reports by ABC News and CNN.
Police responded to a 911 call last week by the hotel manager who was suspicious of activity taking place in one of his rooms. Officers arrested the off duty agent after spotting him leaving the hotel.
The agent notified the Secret Service of the incident after he was formally charged with solicitation.
The Secret Service confirmed the incident to ABC News in a statement after news broke of the incident Wednesday night.
“The Secret Service takes allegations of criminal activity very seriously,” the statement read. “This matter is being investigated by our Office of Professional Responsibility to determine the facts.”
“The employee was required to surrender their equipment and was placed on administrative leave. The employee’s security clearance and access to all Secret Service facilities has also been suspended. We are exploring the full range of disciplinary actions.”
“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 concluded.
The incident marks yet another incident in a long string of embarrassing allegations against agents of the Secret Service tasked with protecting most prominent leaders of the nation.
In March, a former Secret Service agent plead guilty to charges of attempting to engage in sexual activity with a minor after he was caught sending lewd photos of himself to an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.
In 2014, three Secret Service agents were discharged from their detail in the Netherlands after a night of heavy drinking. One of the agents was discovered passed out in the hallway of his hotel — the other two were his drinking companions.
All three were discharged for their inability to exercise proper judgement.
In 2012, nine Secret Service agents were involved in a prostitution scandal in Colombia that embroiled the agency.
Following a night of heavy drinking ahead of then-President Barack Obama’s scheduled attendance at the Summit of the Americas, the agents refused to pay a prostitute for services rendered, leading her to contact local police.
Two Secret Service supervisors lost their jobs as a result of the incident that garnered international media attention and embarrassment for the agency.
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