Twelve Secret Service agents assigned to Cartagena, Colombia in advance of President Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas were relieved of duty, amid misconduct accusations that were said to have involved prostitution, confirmed a government official on Friday.
News of the accusations was first reported by The Washington Post and White House officials would not comment on the situation. The misconduct is said to have occurred prior to President Obama's arrival.
According to The New York Times, in a statement, Edwin M. Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, confirmed that the agents had been recalled due to misconduct accusations and that they would be replaced by other Secret Service agents. However, he did not comment on the prostitution claims.
"The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously," he said.