Secret Service agents accused of misconduct in Colombia

A group of Service agents has been recalled from assignments in Colombia in connection with President Obama’s trip to the Summit of the Americas, amid accusations of misconduct.

The Washington Post reported that Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the allegations involved at least one agent visiting a prostitute.

Edwin Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, told the Post that the allegations had been referred to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility for Investigation. He did not specify how many agents were involved. The New York Times put the number at 12. The agents have been replaced with other agents.

The Associated Press reported that the agents were staying at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia. White House staffers and members of the press also are staying at the hotel. The AP quoted an unnamed hotel employee as saying agents were drinking heavily during their visit over the past week in advance of the summit.