Secret Service Probes More Misconduct Claims

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The Secret Service is investigating new reports of bad behavior, this time for allegations that agents had prostitutes during a trip to El Salvador.

According to an investigation by the Seattle's KIRO-TV, members were "heavily intoxicated" and spent time in strip clubs during the 2011 trip.  Reports also claim some Secret Service members paid for sexual acts.

The El Salvador trip was made ahead of a presidential visit to San Salvador last March. A U.S. government subcontractor who worked with the Secret Service "extensively" told KIRO-TV he joined about a dozen agents and a few military specialists at the strip club.

He went on to claim that he told the agents it was a "really bad idea" to take strippers back to their hotel rooms. But several agents brushed it off, saying they "did this all the time" and "not to worry about it."

The allegations are similar to those in the Colombia scandal that surfaced April 12. Eight of the Secret Service officers involved in that trip have been forced out, and the agency is working on holding others accountable for their wrongdoing.

Six Army soldiers, two Marines, two Naval personnel and one Air Force airman are also being connected to the Colombia prostitution scandal, but their fate is still unclear.

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