Secret Service puts 11 on leave for misconduct

Associated Press
President Barack Obama sits in front of a large video screen displaying an image of a U.S. national flag during a three-way conversation with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, not pictured, at the CEO Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Saturday April 14, 2012. Regional business leaders are meeting parallel to the sixth Summit of the Americas which brings together presidents and prime ministers from Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — The Secret Service says it has placed 11 employees on administrative leave for misconduct in Colombia, where they were working on security ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the South American country.

The agency's assistant director says the employees were both special agents and Uniformed Division officers. None were assigned to directly protect Obama himself.

The agency did not disclose the nature of the allegations. The Associated Press confirmed that the behavior in question involved prostitutes.

Obama is in Colombia for the Summit of the Americas. The Secret Service says it regrets any distraction the situation has caused during the regional meetings.

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