Secret Service agent suspended after meeting with prostitute

The ongoing controversy over Secret Service misconduct branched out into new territory last month with the theft of an agent's laptop from a parked auto in Brooklyn, but now they're getting back to basics. This was not a sting, the source said.

After being charged with solicitation, the agent self-reported his arrest to the Secret Service, according to the source.

A spokesman from the Secret Service confirmed in a statement to The Washington Post it "is aware of an alleged incident involving an off-duty Secret Service employee".

"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.

As Fox News reports, nearly two dozen Secret Service agents were caught up in a 2012 incident in Cartagena, Colombia.

Secret Service officers at the White House on March 18. It said the agent has been forced to surrender equipment and has been placed on administrative leave.

A spokesperson for Pence referred ABC News' request for comment to the Secret Service.

At the time of the incident, which occurred late last week, the agent was off-duty and did not present himself in his official capacity, according to law enforcement sources. In the debacle, multiple agents stood accused of inviting local prostitutes into their hotel while waiting for then-President Obama to arrive for the Summit of the Americas.

The Secret Service said it is "exploring the full range of disciplinary actions" in the current case.

  • Salvatore Jensen