Secret Service agent suspended after meeting with prostitute

Secret Service agent suspended after meeting with prostitute

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Secret Service agent on Vice President Mike Pence's detail has been suspended after meeting with a prostitute. That's according to an agency spokesperson who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss details of the incident beyond a public statement.

The agent was not on duty at the time. The agency says in a statement that it is aware of an alleged incident involving an off-duty employee. CNN first reported the incident Wednesday.

Law enforcement sources told CNN the agent met the sex worker at a Maryland hotel last week. He was arrested after the hotel manager became suspicious and called police.

The agent is now facing solicitation charges.

The agency says the incident is under investigation by its Office of Professional Responsibility. It says the agent has been forced to surrender equipment and has been placed on administrative leave.

The agency says it takes allegations of criminal activity very seriously and it is exploring a range of disciplinary actions.

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