Secret Service agents relieved of duty after misconduct

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A group of Secret Service agents and officers sent to Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama were sent home after allegations of misconduct, according to the U.S. government, according to CNN and USA Today.

A caller who said he had knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press the misconduct involved prostitutes. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute the allegations, according to USA Today.

CNN has reported the number of service members involved is 11, though USA Today has reason to believe there may have been 12 relieved of duty and sent back to the US.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president's arrival Friday night, according to CNN.

Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the government personnel brought prostitutes back to their rooms Wednesday night. A hotel manager attempted to enter one of the rooms, and eventually a woman emerged saying, "they owed her money," according to CNN.

The issue at hand is not in regards to criminal allegations against the service members.

"My understanding is that there are no allegations of any crime being committed. It violates the Secret Service code of conduct," said King.

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