12 of President Obama's Secret Service agents were relieved of their duties in Colombia yesterday amid allegations of misconduct involving prostitutes.
According to CBS News, at least one of the agents got into a dispute over payment with a Colombian prostitute, she went to the police, and the police then notified the U.S. State Department. Thus far the White House has made no comment on the situation, but has not denied the allegations. The agents have been sent home to America and will be referred to the agency's Office of Professional Responsibility.
The President is in South America to attend the Summit of the Americas. No doubt the event will be overshadowed by what Ronald Kesseler, former Washington Post reporter is calling it, "the biggest Scandal in Secret Service history." Among the 12 officers, two were in supervisor positions, although the agents in question were not tasked with guarding President Obama.
This is not the first time that Obama's Secret Service has been in the news for scandalous behavior. In 2008, Victor Erevia, who was a leader of Obama's security detail, was tied to e-mail messages that included derogatory comments about blacks and American Indians. These emails were disclosed during a discrimination lawsuit between of a group of 10 black Secret Service agents and the agency.
Does this reflect badly on President Obama?