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Lawmaker: Misconduct involved 'significant' number of agents

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 14, 2012 at 4:14 p.m.

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U.S. secret service agents walk around the Convention Center in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the opening ceremony of the 6th Summit of the Americas at the Convention Center in Cartagena, Colombia, Saturday, April 14, 2012. Last Thursday, a dozen secret service agents sent to provide security for U.S. President Barack Obama, were relieved from duty and replaced with other agency personnel after an incident of alleged misconduct.

— A U.S. lawmaker says a "significant number" of Secret Service agents involved in an alleged prostitution scandal at an international summit brought women back to their hotel rooms before President Barack Obama arrived in Colombia.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, who was briefed Saturday on the investigation, tells The Associated Press that "close to" all 11 of the agents involved had women in the rooms at their hotel, which was separate from the one where Obama is now staying.

The New York Republican says the women were "presumed to be prostitutes," but investigators are interviewing the agents. King heads the House Homeland Security Committee.

The AP had earlier confirmed that agents had been sent home because of misconduct involving prostitutes. Initial reports said 12 agents were involved.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 14, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.

If you have never been to Colombia, don't say a word.

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T6 says... April 14, 2012 at 5:29 p.m.

Why would his SS agents stay at a different hotel than the Prez?

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MenLR2 says... April 14, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.

And the point is??? Off Duty, they can pretty much do as they please.

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amberjack says... April 15, 2012 at 7:16 p.m.

This would be a good opportunity for Bobby Petrino to get a job

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